of us teach “Fact Families” or use a triangle as a means to teach the
relationships between numbers in addition and subtraction.
the other day I was about to teach my lesson and on a whim started talking in this
“royal” (aka: poor excuse for a British accent!) and had the kids wrapped!Their attention and buy-in was
Needless to say it really drove
the concept home!
I was making up stories, for example, of a castle on top of a mountain that
had 10 royal children.6 were prices and
4 were princesses.
Well, I started to embellish the stories and draw as the
I love when a random idea becomes your best lesson of the
A teacher friend of mine suggested that we make booklets for students to
work in and…
Busy, Busy, Busy! Yikes time has flown by! What have I been doing?
…Well our district is going full day next year… YES we still have a ½ day program! I had the pleasure of going on a site visit and was pleased to see how everything we cram in a ½ day plays out during a full school day. I’m excited and my mind is swirling of all of the things I’d love to be doing next year ~BUT~ I still have 41 kiddos to focus on now!
We end in June and that race to prepare kinders, assess kinders, yet hold on to their hands a bit longer, etc. is on. This is our first year giving a district wide “Local Assessment.” We have not seen it and although we sort of know the format(some multiple choice, YIKES) and the CCSS that will be assessed... we are still going into it blind… This of course is on top of AIMS Web, DRA and all the other assessments that inform our report card. Oh, Yeah not to mention we will be screening next year’s incoming kinders (which is a ton of fun, but takes me out of the classroom for 3 days).
If April Showers Brings May Flowers What do May Flowers Bring? TESTING! UGH…
…I can’t seem to focus on any one thing! So, I’m sitting down to refocus on my school agenda tonight. What I am sure of ~as I type~ is that I will not be a slave to testing. (I’ve taught 3rd and 4th grade and lived that for many years). My goal is to have my students ready to leave Kindergarten prepared and breeze through the testing period without even noticing (ambitious? possible?)…
How are all of you as the year is wrapping up? I’d love to hear from you!
...and why can't I use cute fonts and colors to style my blog post?