First of all, I want to share the fabulous "Looking Back on Summer" craftivity and self portrait activities we did during week 1 while we were getting to know each other...
I combined this craftivity with my favorite beginning of the year activity from last year... hands and feet self portrait. I have the kiddos trace their hands and feet and then draw their body in between. Some of the portraits came out fabulously!
I combined their sunglasses craftivity and self portraits for a really fun and bright hallway display that I'm hoping my kiddos parents will love on back to school night!
I also signed my kiddos up for Xtramath which one of my wonderful collegues introduced me to last year. If you've never heard of it, check it out... free for teachers and the kiddos can use it at home. It's math fact practice that is adaptable based on how the kids do. They can even see a chart of how they're doing on each math fact. Teachers also get reports each week sharing each students' progress.
Now a little on writing...my new district's writing curriculum is all about WRITER'S WORKSHOP... and ironically I am taking "The Writing Process" class as the first class of my grad program on reading and language. We haven't actually started the real meat of writer's workshop, our first unit mostly introduces writer's workshop with mentor texts and anchor charts but I am SO excited (and a little overwhelmed) to begin writer's workshop. For those of you who are starting writer's workshop or are interested in writer's workshop I'd HIGHLY recommend reading Writing Workshop The Essential Guide by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi. It is helping me to have a better idea of how writer's workshop will look in my class.
Finally, a little WBT... I learned on Thursday that I am not the only whole brainer in my building! One of the 5th grade teachers is starting to use WBT this year and I am SO excited to pow wow with her soon! My kiddos are getting really good at everything that is WBT, especially "Teach, Okay" they quickly turn to their partner and discuss the question, etc. The only thing we need to work on more is the volume level when they turn to teach. They tend to get pretty excited and are VERY loud with that excitement. I'm not worried though with it only being week 2 :)
Alrighty, can't wait to catch in next week. Might not be until the weekend again though because with the new curriculum (for me) and grad school oh and the wedding 5 weeks away!!!... life is very crazy right now :)
Until next time...