What small change have you made that yielded smoother, better, more efficient results? Let’s learn from one another.
I have set up my classroom library using the Sisters method and it is amazing! It took a lot of time to set it up at first but now it is the very heart of my classroom. It also makes it fairly easy to cull old, damaged or out of date books and add new ones. Best system ever
I was Joan’s school librarian when I taught her how to organize her library, so your comment really made my day! Thanks for sharing!
I use the whole grade reading strategy daily with mentor texts to start my daily reading focus. I expected each student to follow with their eyes as I modelled oral reading. Several students refused to track the text with their eyes so I introduced popcorn reading. Now everyone tracks the text and as a result there is greater participation in my associated lesson.
The summer is such an incredible time for reflection, healing, and then starting a new. As I approach weeks and then days and then hours away from the beginning of a new school year in first grade, there are a few little changes I would like to make and try this year:
These are just a few things I would like to try this new school year!
jenkinsm1–I love using art and music connections when I can, and I often refer to two books to help me select pieces. They are both by Tanny McGregor (yes, Tanny) called Comprehension Connections and Genre Connections. Each idea she presents includes ideas for art–either paintings or photography-- and music that sensually supports the reading strategies she’s presenting. Those visual/auditory connections often help the ideas stick!
My almost continual goal, which gets renewed every summer, is to get myself more organized, so that my students will be more organized, and I won’t waste any of their precious time with me. I am a reading specialist who has pull-out groups, so it’s important that I’ve all their tools at hand and easily put away. Since I have several groups throughout the day grades 1-5, I need to be mindful of the differences in kids’ ability to be responsible for as much of that as possible.
Last year, I found some plastic portfolios at the amazing Target $1 spot which really helped me and the kids. They all held up pretty well, so I intend to use them again. My goal for this summer is to find a better way to house them in a small area.
Knowing exactly where everything is helps the kids know what to do as they enter my room, so we can get on to the important part of it all–reading and writing!!
I began a notebook like the one Joan uses titled “Reflections/Intentions”. I love how it keeps my on track regarding my classroom as well as my teaching! What a great idea!
This made me think of an article by Allison Behne, about reflection she took away from a workshop: https://www.thedailycafe.com/articles/ascd-2014-reflections-and-realizations. Lots of good things to ponder before the new year begins.
I had the same dilemma as Lori Sabo when it came to ringing the chimes to signal the end of a round and to meet at our gathering spot. Sometimes walking across the room to the chimes was disruptive or inconvenient. Since I use the online Pensieve on my iPad, I downloaded a free wind chimes app to use as an alternative to my actual chimes. The last student that I confer with, gets the privilege of opening the app and “ringing the chimes” for me! The students know the sound of both the real chimes and the online chimes and repond to either the same.
Also, I’ve grouped together apps and links I frequently use for Daily 5 on the home page of my iPad. This makes them handy and easy to find. These include:
Such a great idea! I’m creating a folder right now. Can you tell me about the brain breaks you have? Thanks!
The link I have for brain break ideas is http://brainbreaks.blogspot.com. I also sometimes use www.gonoodle.com. However, my favorite go-to brain break is simply singing a few songs that require movement.
This year I decided to expand my class library into four different areas around the room. I felt that too many books were crowded into one space. In one corner of the room, I displayed non-fiction science themed books and categorized them for easy access. In another area next to the WORD WORK activities, I set up all poetry books. Students can use rhyming words with spelling, vocabulary, and phonics. In another area, I set up a book shelf with historical fiction, biographies, maps, and historical events. My main library area, “The Den,” holds the remaining genres. The DEN is still reserved for quiet independent reading area housing a sofa and a couple of leather chairs.
I am hoping to support my students in accessing resources for a clear purpose. Last year, too many students were spending more time browsing through books than actually reading them.
I appreciate those kind words so much! We hope our words are timely and resonate with teachers. We rarely get the privilege of knowing how they are received once the are sent into cyberspace. Thanks for sharing your words of encouragement.
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