Saturday, August 25, 2007
I sometimes get frustrated when I see the amount of work that my friends often do not have to take home, but at the same time...wouldn't they rather that I spend my time AT school with the kids and leave the grading for home? I could grade papers while kids are reading, but then who would know what they are thinking while they read?
Yes, I know teaching can appear to be easy at times, but I signed on for the job and love what I do...Yes, there are times that I don't like the amount of outside work there is and not many people thank me for doing what I do, but sometimes I just wish instead of harping on me for grading my papers, they would say, "Can I help?" and just leave it at that.
Thank you to all who read this and just let me get my venting out. By the way...if you are a facebook member...look me up (I just put up new pics of my nephew).
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Which brings me to my blogging for today...I have three students who are labeled MI. To be honest, I'm not sure how much to expect this year. During morning meeting, I told the class that they were going to have to write down ways that they hurt people or ways people hurt them. One of my MI students said, "Do you mean on the inside or the outside?"
I don't know about you...but that was way beyond anything I had thought. People do hurt us on the inside AND the outside and he was able to vocalize that for everyone...I am so excited to create our apology of action chart and he was one who was able to really push the conversation and hopefully, comments deeper. Just when I don't expect anything, God shows up!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I read Bad Day at Riverbend on Thursday and it was neat to hear comments being made by students and how they are already strong readers and doing great thinking. On Friday, one of the girls wanted to hear the story again...through this, one boy made a comment and asked what horizon meant. I pointed out how wonderful it was that he was paying attention to words and especially words he didn't know. This allowed my class to being asking...what's a posse, what's flesh...I loved it! We also, on Friday, drew one of our favorite reading memories and this allowed me to share with the class how we will be setting our workshop to make it just like their reading memories.
Looking forward to the great learning that will take place, but still a little overwhelmed with proceeding with a reading curriculum where I am not using the basal every week...updates will occur.
Monday, August 13, 2007
New things I am doing in my classroom
- using songbooks (thanks to Barb and Cheryl for their giving)
- creating reader's notebooks
- using a word family notebook
- pulling more from literature than the basal
- apology of action chart rather than pulling beehives
- having crates at each group table to store reader's bins
- reader's bins (hopefully, if I get the money from our PTO)
- songbook and poem binders (once again, money from PTO)
- spelling inventories to assess where each child is and hopefully help group students better to work on the concepts THEY need
- ABC writing unit - btw, if anyone has any print resources, I'd love to see copies and ideas
- Want to start a group that meets monthly to discuss reading workshop (and writing of course too)
While I am excited, I know I am venturing into new territory...I'm going to take it one day at a time and blog through the adventure. I'm ready to see how using Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop together for a whole year makes a huge difference.
Oh, and on a side note, I'm also training for a mini-marathon in Indy in May of 2008...I just ran for the first time (yesterday) four miles! This will be a huge accomplishment for me...and a huge task.
Happy beginning of the year to everyone!