A quick peek into the things that have really helped my year start off right.
Having the kids read 1st thing in the morning...no more papers to hand out etc just nice quiet indulgence :) this is new for me this year and I'm loving it.
After reading a few blog posts I read Book Whisperer...
I haven't implemented all that I read but this small change made a HUGE impact.
I also started the Daily 5 (wowa weeza this is amazing) (and the ebook is cheap on kindle)..although i don't have a kindle i still read it on my laptop and phone)
I have only done a few mini lessons but my kids are begging to read more...Their stamina is through the roof. Here are a few pics of the bulletin board I'm building with them.
Another hard line in my classroom is a whole group area. I don't keep them long but I like the sense of community and focus!
Another part of teams is they have 3 other people to help them before they come ask me for help...love this!
This year I am also promoting I CAN statements like crazy...this is my focus board and all the goals and essential questions for each lesson are posted (and referred to throughout the day) here! I plan to use different color marker to add vocab as well.
Our district has gone grade less for K-4 ok so we use standards based evaluations with levels..advanced proficient developing and beginning ...anybody else do this? I LOVE it...So for the kiddos and myself :) I do a mini lesson with presents wrapped in varying degrees of perfection that serve as a visual all year long. These work for all curricular areas including behavior!