Sunday, August 26, 2012

WoW! What a Whirlwind!

School has officially started and I have survived the first seven days with my new AMAZING class! I love everyone of my new students and I know we are going to have a fantastic year! However, I am making so many new changes to my curriculum, due to the new Common Core Standards, that I feel VERY overwhelmed. Does anyone else feel the same way? We have completely thrown out our old math curriculum and I am starting Math Workshop, which I have never done before. (We are using bits of Everyday Math ideas and what I can find online and on TPT. I do love it so far, but I have a few kinks to work out too! I am also continuing with the Daily 5, but I am now implementing the CAFE this year too. My project for this weekend was to set up my Teacher's Pensieve (Reading Notebook). I think I am going to like it. I also want to create a Math Pensieve too... for Math Workshop.

Also, this week, I came to realize that I needed to start a Book Nook rotation in my classroom. I have so many new and fun spots for my students to read, that it was a little chaotic the first few days with who goes where, so I created a Book Nook rotation chart. I read the idea a few years ago over at Beth Newingham's website. If you haven't checked her out, YOU MUST! She is amazing. (However, her site seems to be down right now, but you can Google her and read her Scholastic Articles.)

Here are pictures of my new Book Nook chart:

It seems to be working out great so far! Once I get my Teacher's Pensieve Binder the way I like it, I will be posting pics of it! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Wow, have I been busy! I return to school on Monday for three days of professional development meetings, while the students enjoy the last three days of summer vacation. Thursday will be the first day of school and I am so excited to meet my new students. I just know I am going to have a wonderful class this year. At the same time, I am getting sadder by the minute that my summer with my little boy is coming to an end. Garrett will be turning TWO on Friday, so that means I will be planning a birthday party on top of starting school this week. We are giving him a Toy Story party next Sunday, so I will plan to post a few pictures of the event next week.

I did want to post some updated pictures of my classroom to show my progress and several projects I have completed in the past week. It is finally all coming together!