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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday


 (Click through to the blog to see the two super short videos.)

Chloe donated The Poky Little Puppy to our crew. He will be well-loved.

First Grade Fashion
Student-made pin.

Rainboots are a must.

Flashback to the movie Grease. :)

Backwards shirts are a "thing" right now.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We Are All Learners and Teachers

I have a few basic beliefs that influence how I teach:
  • I believe that you learn something better when you teach it to others. 
  • I believe that kids learn things from each other because they see what other kids are doing and realize that they can do it, too.
  •  I believe that teaching the crew and standing up in front of them to teach something improves the confidence and speaking abilities of each crew member. 
  • I believe that students will write more when they know that they will have an audience. 
Because of all of these beliefs, I have several crew members stand up in front of the crew during the debrief time of our Writer's Workshop, Reader's Workshop and Math Workshop and teach the crew what they have learned during that workshop. I choose students I worked with during that time and they teach the crew what we worked on one on one. This gives a "signal boost" to everything that I teach along with the confidence boost that each student gets. One part that each crew member particularly enjoys is getting to read the story that they have written as part of their teaching time. We all love being the student teachers of the day. I have not done a great job of capturing all of the crew doing this with photos but they all have had a turn and will have many more turns in the future. Below are photos from the times that I have remembered.

Monday, September 18, 2017

We Are All Experts!

One of my goals as a teacher is to help each child find the things that they are passionate about and to know their own strengths. To get us started thinking about this we talked about the words “passionate” and “expert” during a recent morning meeting. Then we created the charts shown here. We will use these charts to help us remember that we are all good at something. This helps on those days when something might seem particularly challenging. We will also use them to get to know our crew members better. We know who to ask if we need help or have a question about something. We can also use the charts to help us recommend good books that we find to others. They are also great conversation starters and have led to some wonderful sharing. We are all really starting to appreciate our differences and similarities and how these change over time. It is so exciting to me to see the crew really show a deeper understanding of each other and our strengths.

Important Dates
9/22 No School ~ Professional Development Day for Teachers
9/29 Challenge Day
10/2 - 10/13 Fall Break
10/16 No School - Teacher Work Day
10/18 Crew Photos and Re-Take Photos
11/6 Vision and Hearing Screening
11/7 No School - Professional Development for Teachers
11/22 - 11/24 Thanksgiving Break