I ~Heart~ My Class!

I am still teaching. Our last "kid-day" isn't until June 27, so we are still business-as-usual in my room. I had the kids out for phys. ed. this morning for Capture the Flag and it was HOT. Even at that hour.
This was a little later in the day... For you American folks, that is 93 degrees (feeling like 105 with the humidity)!
Needless to say, when our 3 games of Capture the Flag were over the kids were dripping. We had 5 or 10 minutes before recess was set to begin, and just about everyone gravitated toward the three benches we have under some lovely trees on our yard. Ahhh... shade! One of my girls (who did a little less running during the game and had a lot more energy than the others) began singing. Well, didn't they ALL, girls and boys alike, join in?! To my surprise, they absolutely BELTED out the tunes, and when recess began they just kept right on singing. 300 or so kids out there playing around them and they just continued to sing their little hearts out, not stopping until recess was over!

At one point, my heart was full when they started singing our classroom theme song - Will.I.Am & Sesame Street's "What I Am".

When I first introduced this in September as our theme song I didn't know what to expect - they ARE fifth graders after all - but they absolutely love it! It was so much fun watching them, singing and smiling. They are amazing together. What they don't know is that I very quietly recorded them with my iPhone. You can hear them HERE: (Skip the first 17s... it is their version of Gangnam Style!)

I plan to show them the video on the last day of school along with one of those carefully-crafted "teacher" messages, "Don't forget who you are... Make me proud... Be good to one another..." blah, blah, blah...

This is going to be a hard bunch of kids to say good-bye to. That will make the next four weeks a little easier to take.
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  1. What a great moment! You are going to love working with Grade 2/3 kids as well. I bet this song would be a hit with them. Thanks for sharing.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    www.diamondmomstreasury.weebly.com/blog.html

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    1. Charlene, thank you so much for your message! I think the change will be good - I'm feeling better about it all the time.

      I have loved this class like none before them. Not that I didn't love the others... I did, without question, but there is something about the way this group connects to each other that is truly magical. They WILL be hard to see go. I'm thankful to end my time (for now) in grade five with them!

      ~Erin

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    2. Isn't it something when a piece of your heart is grabbed by those special people.

      Charlene/Diamond Mom
      Diamond Mom's Treasury

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    1. I think so too, Brandee! :)

      ~Erin

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  3. I had never heard that song from Will I am! I'm going to use that with my class next year! Thanks so much for the great idea.

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    1. I play it several times a day!
      - I do a special attendance on the SMART Board (check out my TpT or TN stores) and attach the theme song to one of the students' images so it starts playing when they check in,
      - I use it for transitions throughout the day,
      - We always end the day with it, and the kids always sing along. A couple of times this year when I've had computer issues, my kiddos have started singing without the music... LOVE THAT!!

      ~Erin

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  4. You are an inspiration. Like Second-Grade-alicious, I am tucking this song away for next year. Yay! I'll look forward to coming back just to share this song. :-) Like you, our school goes well into the month of June. 3 more weeks for us!

    It looks like you'll be teaching Grade 2 or Grade 3 next year from Charlene's comment. I teach Grade 2 just let me know if you have any questions, want any resources, or would like to connect our 2nd Graders. I teach at an International School in Thailand and we love to connect with other classrooms around the world. Just shoot me an email!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Kate
    Innovate, Create and Relate

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    1. Thanks, Kate!

      I am teaching a 2/3 split next year and I totally appreciate your offer! I think that would be amazing to have our kids connect at such a distance!! It will take me some time to get my head above water after teaching grade 5 for so long, but I'd love to do this!

      Thank you!
      ~Erin

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