I'm trying just to keep my head above the water right now with all the new curriculum, new leadership, and new district mandates.
When I forget about all and actually teach I make the most impact! I'm enjoying my class this year and staying positive about everything going well!
Here are five wonderful things from our week:
1. Books in the mail:
I love love love getting snail mail! I love Amazon Prime shipping even more! It is like getting a present for yourself when you see a package on the door! My present to myself was a box full of wonderful books! I got Star of the Week, Interrupting Chicken, Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker, Wimberly Worried, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Happy Birthday, Mouse, and some other titles I can't remember. You can find tons of used and new books on Amazon on the cheap!
2. Stay in line:
My kids were having a tough time finding their spot in line so I put numbers down on the floor to organize them a bit more. I used to do this when I taught Kinder but I haven't done it in a few years. My kids this year just need it though! The teddy bears are for the line leaders and door holders.
3. Read to self: Keeping up with their stamina and reading for 13 minutes! I put some of my developing readers on RAZ kids. They are working hard to build their stamina but need more books they can read on their level which RAZ kids has!
4. Math centers: Learning how to "math talk" through games.
They love math centers so much! I have differentiated their games. The two boys are playing a game called Blast off addition where you land on a star that gives you a sum and you have to come up with an addition problem. The three kids below them are a simple match the number to the number word and picture.
5. Star student:
My kids picked our star student today. I told them a star student is someone who follows all the rules, goes above and beyond in class, is helpful, friendly, and kind to their classmates. I gave them some think time and our class list on the smart board so they could write down their answers on a sticky note. The kids think everyone should be a star but one person was voted for four times so she got to be the star of the week. I'll have the kids choose a different person each week to be the star! I use Erica Bohrer's fabulous Star Student packet. My kids love being recognized and being a star!