The first day of school for my students is this Thursday! I have ONE more day to get everything in tip top shape for my students and their families. The excitement of the first day of school is starting to build up and I CAN'T wait to start this next year. With that said, I thought it was important to discuss the first day of school packet that I send home every year.
Monday, September 1, 2014
I challenge teachers to read this letter before the start of the school year. The mom of a victim from Sandy Hook wrote this powerful letter, and it changed my perspective on "back to school" as a teacher. Let's remember to have courage, faith and love as we being this new school year. Our students need us!
Read her letter HERE
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Today, we're chattin' about Calendar Books! For those of you who have been following me for quite some time, you may already know about our Calendar routine in Room 83. But I wanted a refresher post about this as it is such a crucial life skill for our students and such a systematic routine in our classroom each day!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
After Breakfast time, students get to go to recess. This is my break and I use this time to take care of any necessary things. My staff supervises my students and includes them with their peers as much as possible. Once the bell rings, my class lines up against my bungalow classroom (we're RIGHT on the playground). As they walk into my classroom one by one, they wash their hands, check their schedules and sit down.
NOW IT"S TIME FOR BOOK TIME!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Okay, I know I post this a lot, but I'm here to share pictures of my work center rotation system. I absolutely LOVE my work centers. I know, I've said that before! I have fine tuned this system and continue and will always continue to revamp this system to make it the most efficient system ever for my students at that time! I love my work centers because my students REALLY DO learn. This system promotes independence and… surprise surprise… it's consistent!
So, like last year, we have 3 work centers! Each center is labeled by color! See below :)
Notice my CUTE signs hanging above each table :) I love them! And no.. hanging things from the ceiling does NOT distract my students. At least not the ones I have now!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Morning Meeting is one of my favorite parts of the day. This is the first thing we do when we step into our classroom following our Morning Fitness! My students put all of their belongings away in their lockers, check their schedules and sit down to start Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting is a 15 minute activity that, in my opinion, starts the day in a fun way! Morning Meeting is different every day but works on the same necessary life skills: communication, social skills, and team building skills. The main goal of Morning Meeting is to take attendance and say good morning to everyone. While I am conducting Morning Meeting, my aides can check my students back packs, pull out any communication logs, get student lunch/snack out, and have the morning centers ready to go by the time Morning Meeting is finished. (YES,…. my aides are efficient and magnificent!)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I am super excited to elaborate more on my big post from friday, My Daily Schedule 2014-2015. Today I am going to elaborate on our very early early morning routine. How we transition from drop off/bus loading, to all school assembly, morning fitness and eventually make it back to the room! For some classes, this may be a simple task. For us in Room 83, this is a very systematic routine we learn at the beginning of the year so no kids go missing, no tantrums, and no rough starts to our day. I've learned that if we start off on the wrong foot, it's way harder to get back on track than if we just had a good morning! I get a lot of questions about how I handle the bus drop off pick up, so this post is for those questions! If this is not a problem for you, skip down to the bottom of this post where I talk about morning fitness!
So how do we get from Point A (bus drop off) to Point B (classroom)?