I’m Baaaaack in Action!

I’m Baaaaack in Action!

My apologies to all for the lack of content and update on this blog.  I had some minor, ok major, things going on in life and I just couldn’t keep up.  I am happy to announce that I will be back in action committed to sharing thoughts, ideas, lessons, content, etc. on this blog.  And I can’t wait to connect with other educators and/or just plain thoughtful people that can help me grow.

First, a little “me” update.  I AM NO LONGER IN THE CLASSROOM!  What??!!  I know.  It’s like I’m experiencing a sort-of-career-identity-crisis. It’s summertime and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself or where to begin preparing for this new role.  (Perhaps, someone out there can offer words of advice.)  I have accepted a position as an English Language Arts Instructional Coach for the district.  What does that exactly mean, you ask…?  Not quite sure yet.  Job description is a work in progress as this is a pilot program.  But from what I understand, I will basically be a teacher’s support system, a partner to aide in enhancing their greatness!  Nothing evaluative about it.  I truly hope to be an asset to teachers and relieve some of the constant stress they feel as they work tirelessly in the trenches.

Fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted.  Successes and failures to come, I’m sure.

Moving on from that topic, over the next couple of months my goal is to post lessons and projects from my last couple of school years.  You know, the lessons that I learned a ton from that I made a mental note to post right away.  And then I never did. Ya! Those ones.

I couldn’t help myself, but share some photos of my final Open House.

Sniff.  It was a great ride, and who knows? I may return.

Shoebox State Floats! Shoebox state floats!  Voting time!

Loved, loved, loved how these shoebox state floats turn out as their final product.
Loved, loved, loved how these shoebox state floats turn out as their final product.
Follow me for upcoming posts about all Open House projects!
Follow me for upcoming posts about all Open House projects!

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Follow me for upcoming blogs and free sharing on all Open House lessons/projects!
Follow me for upcoming blogs and free sharing on all Open House lessons/projects!
Saved all the EQs we worked on throughout the year.  Follow me for upcoming post on all EQs and lessons!
Saved all the EQs we worked on throughout the year. Follow me for upcoming post on all EQs and lessons!
Free 40 Book Challenge--and I'll upload the Reading Ribbon final project FREE soon!
Free 40 Book Challenge–and I’ll upload the Reading Ribbon final project FREE soon!
Follow me to see lesson on which event would have pushed your students over the edge! So fun.
Follow me to see lesson on which event would have pushed your students over the edge! So fun.
Follow me for all free sharing on projects and lessons!
Follow me for all free sharing on projects and lessons!

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I love this job-follow me for all free lessons and projects shared for Open House.
I love this job-follow me for all free lessons and projects shared for Open House.
Used mentor texts during our slavery unit to identify quality sentences, then analyzed each of them.
Used mentor texts during our slavery unit to identify quality sentences, then analyzed each of them.
Such a good lesson having students read quotes then determine who said it.  POV project
Such a good lesson having students read quotes then determine who said it. POV project
Follow me for free lesson shares!  Text connections
Follow me for free lesson shares! Text connections
Keeping it relevant for our kids!
Keeping it relevant for our kids!

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Class Set Up

Really quickly—- just going to post some pictures of my new classroom.   Once my student work starts going up, I’ll spend more time explaining each part of the classroom.  I LOVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT!

Students love when they can read at places other than their desks.

Reading Cave under the counter :)
Reading Cave under the counter 🙂
The couch is always a hit.
The couch is always a hit.

The Writing Wall — now complete with pictures of each student to accompany their work this year.

Writing wall with steps for each type of writing: summary
Writing wall with steps for each type of writing: summary
Writing Wall with "Please excuse the bare wall.  Our writing is under construction sign."  Thanks Pinterest.
Writing Wall with “Please excuse the bare wall. Our writing is under construction sign.” Thanks Pinterest.

The blue bags get filled with compliments.  Once each student has at least one compliment, the students are able to collect all the compliments on their way home.  The compliment coordinator keeps track of this.  New this year:  Book Recommendation Wall–we’ll see how this works out.

Raining Compliments!
Raining Compliments!
Book Recommendation Board complete!
Book Recommendation Board complete!

This is how I keep track of where my students are in writing.  As the students progress at different rates, they move their heads to the step they are on in the writing process.  Because we are just beginning summaries on Monday, all faces are in the prewriting stage.  (I used to keep track on paper, but this visual is soooo helpful!) Also pictured is the science challenge of the week.  I believe I bought it at Lakeshore and it’s a purchase I have never regretted.  My science monitor manages this for me.

Science challenge of the week and how I monitor student writing progress throughout the week.
Science challenge of the week and how I monitor student writing progress throughout the week.
Thanks Beth Newingham for theme posters.  Such good lessons for my read alouds all year.
Thanks Beth Newingham for theme posters. Such good lessons for my read alouds all year.
Multiplication Jail, Strain you Brain (weekly math challenge), and Unanswered Questions
Multiplication Jail, Strain you Brain (weekly math challenge), and Unanswered Questions
Birthday Bags up!
Birthday Bags up!

Multiplication Jail, Strain your Brain, and Unanswered Questions will be further discussed in a later post.

Happy School Year People!!!