Saturday, August 17, 2013

Anchor Charts's that time.  Monday is my day to start back to school.  The kiddos don't come until the 26th though.  I went out to school all last week to work in my room, and I'm glad I did b/c 1- we have a TON of Professional Development next week, and 2- my mom had some mini strokes yesterday so I will be zipping out of work to get to her every day next week.  My room isn't completely finished, but I should be able to finish it Monday afternoon.  At least I hope!

As most of you know, this year I will be teaching writing to the entire 4th grade.  I will have FIVE blocks.  Count em...ONE..TWO...THREE...FOUR...FIVE!  It got me thinking about anchor charts.  I'm not going to have enough space in my room for five classes worth of anchor charts, much less want to write them that many times!  Then I ran across this post from Ladybug Teaching Files. I LOVE how Kristen makes hers on the computer! I think I will do that, and teach them how to use PowerPoint at the same time!

How do you use anchor charts?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Changes all around!

This is going to be quick because I am EXHAUSTED! I went out to school today to work in my classroom, and stayed way later than I had originally planned! But I was able to get a lot accomplished, so that's good news at least :)  Hopefully by the end of the week I will be able to give a classroom reveal!

As you know, I have been teaching 4th grade math for the past few years.  This year, my school is implementing Lucy Calkin's Writers Workshop school wide.  However, with the way our schedule was for 3-5, it was going to be hard for the Reading teacher to fit everything in in the time frame she had.  So my admin has decided to departmentalize us (1 teach science, 1 teach math, 1 teach reading, 1 teach SS, and 1 teach writing), and I will now be teaching 4th grade writing! I am so excited! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE math, but I was ready for a change...even though I didn't want to switch grade levels and learn an entire new curriculum with a new baby at home! So this is GREAT! The best part is, I used Lucy Calkins during my student teaching, and carried that into my own classroom when I was self-contained, so this isn't going to be entirely brand new to me!

The only stressful part I have nothing to go on my walls.  Everything I have had up for the past few years is nothing that I have for writing matches my color scheme.  Guess what I'll be doing all weekend? Ugh....

How do y'all work this at your school? Do you team teach, departmentalize, or stay self-contained?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Claiming my blog

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I know I'm late to this party, but I've been out with a newborn! Anyways, I'm claiming my blog and would love it if you followed me on blog lovin! I've got some exciting news to share about this upcoming school year, but I will share that tomorrow so I don't post twice in a day :-)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer is over?

I can't believe that I have to go back to school in two weeks....I have been out on maternity leave since April 12th. 

It is going to be SO HARD to go back! I DON'T WANNA!!! (insert pic of me crying hysterically!)  Oh well, I guess that is least the life of someone who needs insurance! HA!

As you can tell from my blog, I haven't exactly been in a blogging/creative mood this summer.  Usually by this time my classroom is all set up, I have made all kinds of fun and cute projects, and I'm excited for the new year...this year, not so much.  I didn't even LOOK at a blog until a couple of weeks ago!  I did find some fun ideas, but we will see if I actually get around to making them.  I'm focusing on using Math Workshop for my class this year, so the other projects will have to wait!