1st of many great weeks is in the books. I had a fantastic time getting to know my students. I feel they understand me and what I want them to know by the end of the year. Every parent I met raves that I’m what their child needs. I always counter that they are what they’re child needs, but that’s another story. Here’s my week in pictures.
Days 1- 5 have been outstanding. I made a major mental shift that I think has helped me not be so frustrated, but I’ll talk about it as the year wears on.
I’m not sure, but this is a real game changing drink. Take a cup of fresh watermelon. Crush is up pretty good and top it off with a can of Kill Cliff. Again, I’m not sure, but I’m sure this is a game changer for sure. Fantastic mid day pick me up. Might try other mixes one day, too.
I had a debate with two good teachers. The discussion was around me putting up pre-made charts in my class. I was obviously pro-charts and they were con. Both made really good points. Here’s my issue.
- With no class theme my room would be REALLY bare sans my charts.
- I like my charts and made them for the purpose of using them again as decor.
- I don’t like making them on the fly, because often they’re not as neat as when I take my time and make them.
- Most of the charts I put up for Day 1 are really there for the kids to glean from right off the bat. It would take a few weeks to teach ALL the subjects that I have charts for.
Anyway, it’s always good to hear opposing ideas and thoughts.
These little magnet people came from my 2nd grade yard sale angel this Summer. I haven’t moved my students to legitimately doing centers in groups, but I think this will work perfectly. I pinned the chart to the AC unit. The magnet people have each kid’s name on them. I can easily discuss the plan for the day and what group each student is in. This will make it super easy to change groups, condense groups or just not have a team. I was thinking of moving the names round so they’ll be color coded, but either way will be good for my use.
- IR- Independent reading/work
- PR- Partner Reading/Work
- GR- Guided Reading/Work
- LC- Listening Center
- Skill- Independent work time working on specific skill
The mailboxes have started off excellent. I did take for granted that each student understood where I wanted each book to go. Just a little fine tuning and I think they’ll be right on the button.
Other little things that have started out better than I planned
Table caddies– last year’s group was just special. A lot of the drama that happened in years past was just drama. (Haven’t sharpened a pencil yet.)
Time management-I seem to be on pace. I will know more perfectly as I start breaking them up into groups and running centers like a boss.
Class size– I can’t and won’t complain. I have a very nice sized group. Even if they level the 2nd grade I’ll be thankful.
The next couple of posts maybe all about CrossFit since I’m going to get my Level 1 certification this weekend.
I sense that this year is going to be unique for a lot of great reasons. Ready to see how I can change the world. One bowtie at a time.