Higher order thinking? Not natural for them. Self control? Only when they feel like it. Respect for the tall people (adults) in the school? Maybe next week, but it's not looking good. 2013 doesn't seem to be in their immediate plans for that either. Most of this, I've opted to handle with Whole Brain Teaching and Daily Five Instruction using an incorporation of Reader's Workshop and Guided Reading as well. I'm spinning my wheels here to get it all in.
Now, the reason that all of this is stressing me out (on top of the fact that I have been sick and have low energy anyway) is because this is the first year using this observation tool in this way and this is also my last year in our district. SO, depending on how this observation goes, it could have a positive or a negative affect on my job hunt for next year in a different district in Florida, five hours away (where my reputation as a dedicated educator does not matter). My fate lies in the hands of my munchkins.
Oh well, all I can do is my best and hope that it goes well at this point. I'm pretty sure sleeping is going to be out of the question for the night anyway.
Anyone else have any observation entertaining stories to ease my troubled mind?