When we were in school from September through January we wrote in our Dialogue Journals every week. Students know about these special books. Students wrote for ten minutes each Writing Wednesday, and Ms. Denise answered back. Usually she would write about the same amount as they wrote.
In Quarter 3, we weren’t able to write each week, but we will write once in a while. Ms. Denise will print out your assignment today and glue it into the Dialogue Journal, as this will be a keepsake and reminder of this chapter in our school’s history.
Type or write your dialogue journal entry, at least one page. Use Google Docs, Word Document, or paper and pencil or pen. Return to me in the E-Locker. You can write in your Dialogue Journals as often as you wish. I will answer each one you write.
I often give a prompt to follow. It is optional. If the child has something else to tell me, they are free to write about anything on their minds.
Today’s optional question: What are ten things you do on a typical day at home in March?
What are some fun facts about you? Here are 43 fun and not-so-fun facts about me. It might be more than you want to know, so please feel free to skim and scan!
When will you stop teaching at Al Raja School? I’m not sure, but sadly I won’t be here too many more years. We are getting near retirement age, so my husband and I will go back to the U.S. sometime in the next couple of years.
Do you want to go back to your country? Eventually I will want to go back to my country, but for now I am so happy to be able to be used here to teach my students.
If you didn’t choose being an English teacher what would you be? Oh, the world is open. I may have become a software engineer or a cartographer, an artist or journalist, an author or an athlete. I think I would love any of those other careers.
When were you born? I was born in 1958.
What is your favorite number? 5
What is your favorite animal? A puffin
What is your favorite country? My own country and Bahrain
What are your favorite places to travel? I love to go any place where I can visit friends and family.
What country would you like to travel to? India because I have met a lot of friends from there and I would like to visit their home.
What is your favorite food? Usually I say pizza, but really I like so many foods. If I chose a category it would be FRUIT.
What is your favorite fruit? This is really difficult to choose just one favorite. I have never tasted a fruit I didn’t like. Some of my favorites are strawberries and mangoes.
What is your favorite junk food? Potato chips and candy.
What is your favorite team? The L.A. Dodgers (I don’t know why, except they were my team when I was a girl. I guess I don’t really have a team any longer.)
What is your dream? My dream is to see the world a healthier, better, safer, and kinder place by the time I have grandchildren.
What is your favorite movie/film? I don’t have one. I usually just like to watch movies once. I enjoy them and wait for the next good one.
Do you want us to come back to school? YES, absolutely!
How are you spending your time on this vacation? Reading and writing a lot! Answering emails, reading assignments, marking, helping students understand how to do things. But I don’t do that all the time. I am also cooking more and reading books. I cleaned up our classroom, so it’s ready for you to come back when we can.
What is your hobby? My hobbies are baking, cooking, and reading.
Do you prefer online teaching or real teaching? Oh, definitely REAL teaching!
What is your favorite sport game? Softball is my favorite game. I played and coached for most of my life.
What is your birthday? 5 August
When did you come to Bahrain? When did you start at ARS? I came at the end of 2013 and I started working at ARS in January 2014.
Do you like drawing? Yes, I do like drawing. I’m not very educated in art, but I like to play around and make things look nice with colors, lines, and shapes.
What were your hobbies as a child? Great question! I liked to read, ride my bike, play softball, play house with my friends, and do all kinds of activities and games. I was very active.
Why did you become a teacher? I loved school when I was growing up, so when I was young I wanted to become a teacher. When I went to the university, though, I changed my mind and wanted to be a map maker. But one year I took a job as a KG teacher in summer school. I had so much fun I went back to school to become a teacher.
Where did you study in the university? At California State University in Long Beach.
What were your scores in English class? That’s one I can’t answer. I was a good student and I think my marks were pretty good too. In reality, when you get finished with school, grades don’t matter any longer. What matters is how you treat people and how well you apply what you’ve learned to solve problems and make the world a better place.
What was the best gift you got from your parents when you were a kid? Great question. I think my most memorable gift was a purple Schwinn Stingray bike with a basket in front. I think I was 8 years old.
What is your favorite music? I like songs from the time I was in school (1970s rock and roll). I also like worship songs and children’s fun songs.
What are your siblings names? Rick, Lynne, Chris, Judi, Lori and Keith.
Are your siblings grandparents? Yes, four of them are grandparents.
When did your siblings graduate? Twins in 1961, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1979.
What kind of stories do you read? All kinds. I especially like children’s and young adult literature. I like to read nonfiction about things I want to learn, too.
What kind of stories do you write? I write blog posts, poems, personal experience narratives, and fiction.
What do you do during free time? I like to write, read, cook dinners, bake cookies and breads, and learn new things.
What were your favorite subjects in school? Geography and sports
What is your favorite book? I love The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White.
Where were you born? Where are you from? I was born and raised in California.
Do you live in a big house or a small house? It’s a nice size flat, perfect for my husband and me. It gives me room for everything I need. I’ve included a picture of my home.
Can you see my table desk over there? That’s where I do my school work.
Where is your house? Manama
Are you a computer genius? Far from it. I love using technology to enhance our learning. I am pretty good at it, but I have questions and learn something new every day.
How did you become smart in English? I am a native speaker. Can you imagine only speaking and learning one language? That is a crazy thought for you, you who know two or three or more languages. It is easier to get good in one language, but easy is not better! I wish I would have learned more languages.
What is your favorite game? I love to play games that get people talking and laughing together. Apples to Apples is a fun group game. I also like to play card games like Nerts, but I am always willing to play any game that my friends and family want to play.
If you got this far and you didn’t see the question you asked, I apologize. Let me know, and I will add it right away!
Our Pearls of Wisdom ceremony had to happen virtually this time. I’m so proud of the hard work you have done over Quarter 2, and in the first few weeks of our Virtual Learning Initiative. In fact, everyone received the VIRTUAL LEARNING INITIATIVE pearl this quarter. (I just forgot to put it on 5B’s video.)
Below you can scroll through the slide shows, which include the awards for February’s Reading Marathon.
Click on the links for the videos I made for each class.
During this difficult time, many resources are being shared to use for free. I will put some of the best here after reviewing them. Please leave a comment if you find something else excellent. Thank you.
Audible Stories – Stories to listen to; the site will be free while schools are out of session.
eSebco Library – Username: keepreading | Password: sebco | Student ID#: 1 | For Pre K-Adult, where the whole family can read and enjoy free books.