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.
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.
The Writing Wall — now complete with pictures of each student to accompany their work this year.
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.
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.
Multiplication Jail, Strain your Brain, and Unanswered Questions will be further discussed in a later post.