Monthly Archives: November 2013

5 Things I Loved About Last Week-November 17

Thanks @colbysharp for the great idea for a regular reflection post!

Last week I loved:

5. My Kids’ Comments: The students presented their end of unit projects for our Identity unit Friday and the comments I heard were incredibly supportive, while still being constructively critical as needed.

4. The Compliment Greeting: As part of our identity unit it is important for the kids to learn how others see them, so we had a compliment greeting at Morning Meeting last week. The kids liked it so much that we had it again this week.

3. Reading Conferences: More kids are reading more and actually finishing more books. It is so great to read their responses and see that they are reading books I love!

2.Hugs: I was away from the class on Thursday, but as I was leaving the cafeteria I ran into my class and was smothered in hugs- I really love these kids!

1. Pajama Day: I was away from the class on Thursday due to a professional development meeting and Friday was Pajama Day, which could have been a formula for chaos and craziness, but instead it was a cozy day and we read a scary story in the dark (The Dark) among other things. It was the best day we have had as a community in awhile in terms of calmness and cooperation.

The week ahead is a busy one! We start our third unit of inquiry (Art), we have an Open Morning focusing on assessment, we have a field trip, and I have many after school obligations this week.  It is tempting to be tired just thinking about it all, but I choose to be positive. It will be a great week!

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5 Things I Loved About Last Week- November 3

Thanks @colbysharp for the great idea for a regular reflection post!

Last week I loved: It was break, what was not to love?!?

5. I completed an online course! I signed up for a course called Understanding Autism. Knowing that the work was all due December 9th put me in a bit of a panic. My goal was to get the bulk of it done this week and I happily finished it all. It was a worthwhile course, but I am super happy that I got it finished. I will be using the resources a lot.

4. Read lots!– Before break started I asked my kids to set reading goals for the break. I got the feeling that many of them had never considered reading a part of their break plans (yet!). I said that my goal was to read 10 books, and I am happy to say that I made it (I think I read 11). I hope the kids have also read lots. I love having more time to read, especially as I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately.

3. Professional Reading– I was so happy to read that Donalyn Miller’s new book, Reading in the Wild was available on Kindle before it was available in print! This meant I got to read it over break. It is a great book that any teacher should read! I know I will refer to this again and again. I am so glad that I had the time to read it carefully. I have also begun a great book on mindset in the classroom and have recommended it as a professional book club book.

2. Planning– This week coming up we will have our first “genius hour” of the year. As we have a challenge workshop program for kids who show a talent in a particular area at this time I want to emphasize that we all have talents. This will be a natural extension of reader/writer workshop, but will give students an exciting opportunity.

1. More books for the class– I visited a local book store twice and put in orders for many more books online. I am (as always) excited to share these! I look forward to starting our Mock Caldecott study as part of Picture Book Month.

This week we start with an inservice day on Monday. Part of the day will be spent in a mini EdCamp format and I am excited to see how this can work at our school. I hope lots of people see it as a really positive thing. I feel rejuvenated and ready to head back!

Happy Sunday! What are you thankful for?