You were a very good year for me! I have been teaching reading for a year. I started 2016 in an elementary school and I am ending it at a middle school. Both jobs have been wonderful, but I am LOVING the middle school setting! I went on a nice vacation. I added to my certification and now have a certificate in Childhood Special Education.
I feel like the past few years have flown by and I want life to slow down.
Here's hoping 2017 is a wonderful one!
I had a busy week at school. We had a spirit week. We ended the week with "minute to win it" games which a lot of fun. I did a lot of readings about different holidays in countries around the world. I found some great no prep packets on TPT.
One day was "Kindness on a Post-it Note Day. I was sneaky and wrote notes on various lockers. Later in the day I found this stuffed in my teacher bin that I carry from class to class. I know it is from a kiddo because of the grammar mistake:
Here is another product I found on one of the teacher newsletters I get weekly. I had the students take turns writing the words on the white board during my small group class.
I took my Mom to tea:
Seriously, I saw this in Target the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS! WHY?
I have not thought about work while on break. The week goes so fast, that I am trying to read some holiday books and just relax. It has been a nice break! I wish it was longer!
I am still working. Here in New York, the teachers work until Friday. There are a lot of fun events at my middle school this week. We have spirit week and a fun assembly on Friday. I hope to take some fun pictures to share next weekend!
Here is my finished door:
This is about as creative as I can manage.
As I tell my husband - I am creative just not artistic. LOL !
I noticed a lot of my blogger friends are already on their holiday break! I am a little envious!
I miss the monthly currently's that use to exist in the blog world. I would post every month on the first day, which would keep me motivated to post all through that month. In the past year, I post less and less. It makes me a little sad!
I have my formal observation this week, so I have been busy with planning for that lesson.
I only have two pictures to share from last week.
I have this poster in my classroom next to my white board.
I think in a month I will change the learning targets.
In grade 5, the kiddos are responding to comprehension questions.
Maybe after my observation ends, I will be more vigilant about taking photos!
My schedule is in full swing. I have some good procedures set and the kids are working at growing as readers.
Here are some pictures from the week:
Sometimes I give the kidos a learning target, other days I ask
"What was today's learning target?
The students use an exit ticket to tell me.
I am teaching some students with special needs this year.
I have a few kidos who have trouble with story elements.
We practiced setting for 3 days.
The first day the kidos worked on a sort.
I gave the small group different words.
They took turns sorting their words.
I reused my Inference poster from last year.
I showed a video called "Partyly Cloudy" by Pixar from YouTube
for the day one lesson. The kidos really understand inferences now!
In the afternoon I meet with grade 5 students every other day. One my odd days, I meet with 7th graders. I am working on different vocabulary lessons with both classes. Here are my 5th graders writing different answers on the board.
In grade 5 I push into classes. We are reading Esperanza Rising . The students had to write a two voiced poem about two characters. THey then had to write two about themselves, THe teacher and I modeled one example:
Below is the one picture I remembered to take of 7th grade work. The students had read a text two days before. They came up with a title for the text. I had purposely covered it up when I copied the text. I asked them to highlight key details from the text. Each student was given a word from the text. They had to explain what the word meant in regards to the text. The post it note was to write a new sentence using the word from the text.
I have had a crazy month. I cannot believe that school has been going on for six weeks!
I am teaching grades 5-7 and I have been a busy bee! On the second weekend of school I took this picture:
My husband keeps saying I have my dream job "getting paid to read." He knows me well!
I push into classrooms in the AM helping the students in ELA. Last year I did this in one 5th grade classroom. I am working with some of the same teachers from last year. In the afternoon, I work with small groups.
Here are some pictures of some lessons I have taught to my small groups.
I am beginning each 40 minutes lesson with a vocabulary building lesson.
If you have never used StoryWorks Magazine, I recommend it!
Inside there is The Word Nerd.
I modeled how to use the pictures to figure out the word meanings.
We also have dictionaries.
We then wrote a simpler sentence together.
Another StoryWorks article.
We read aloud the text.
The kidos highlighted text for questions
I asked orally.
The kids ate two Oreos.
Then we compared/contrasted the Oreos in two countries.
This was the start of our list.
I have some new 5th graders this year, so I was able to do one of my favorite lessons. "Mystery Main Idea."
Well, there is just a little snapshot. I am hoping to share some more pictures soon.
Hello September. Yes, I'm a few days late.. but heck I have had a crazy week!
On Monday, I had my last day in paradise. Here are a few pictures from my summer vacation:
My happy place every AM after breakfast.
I was swimming every day by 9:00.
A great shirt the DH bought me before our trip
which I wore on the plane ride down.
It says " There's nothing a little Starbucks & Disney Can't Fix!"
The DH took this picture on "National Dog Day"
The DH by the pool in the shade while I was swimming.
While we were in Disney I received a phone call to go in for a second interview. I had the first one the day before I had left for vacation. I literally had it ONE HOUR after my plane landed!
I met with the superintendent and she offered me a job at the middle school in the district I have been working in for various long term reading teacher assignments. I happily accepted. I am BEYOND THRILLED!
Here is the space I have been given:
After picture coming soon!
I had meetings for two days and did some set up on Friday. Finished room pictures is coming soon. The first week I assist with the new students to the building and I will plan my schedule with the other reading teachers.
It will be an exciting month! I am so happy to have a job for the school year!
New posts about middle school reading are to come!