I sit before a blue book...with many white spaces outlined by thin black lines. I have the power to choose what my students do this week, well besides the amazing standardized testing we will do. I pencil in ideas, but that's all they are. Just ideas. I pencil in because so many changes can occur: delays, extras that pop into my schedule unaware, and knowing that students need more time with a lesson. But with these ideas, students change and grow as readers and writers (and yes mathematicians). What guides these pencil markings are state standards, past experiences, and what my students need to take the next step as a
Some weeks the pencil markings come easy, other weeks there are so many markings that I have no idea how we'll get through. And this year, there have been bold markings which cause entire schedules to move around due to unforeseen weather.
Through these markings, amazing things happen in my room which allow students to become teachers...and that is why I love what I do!