School ended just last Friday, so here I am (like so many of us!) cruisin' the internet, setting up a game plan for next year.
I have packed (to move back to the grade I was in last year - argh!) and moved all my own stuff with minimal help from the custodians. I say I move it myself so that I know where it is in August, but in reality, I end up throwing last day items in the cubbies and wishing I could fast-forward to August when I will sit in a hot (but QUIET classroom) and organize all over again. At least I saved the custodians some work.
My theme next year will once again be Adventures in Second Grade! I have a Fairy Tale adventures word wall, a Jungle adventure board, a Safari adventure helper board, and a Pirate adventure board. I was able to carefully tack together and move my entire word wall to the new room and I will update my words for second grade. Yay! I also was able to get up some zebra wrapping paper for my Jungle board - now I just have to figure out what I want to go there....
That brings me to my learning list for the summer.
~ Whole Brain Learning - Last year I did some basics (Class-Yes, Teach-Ok). In September, I'd like to do
~ Daily 5
~ CAFE - Both of these I admired first for the beautiful displays I saw on Pinterest (here is the link to my section School Ideas I Love ) and then for the great opportunity to create a more independent, self-directed second graders.
Do you think that is enough? What are you working on for the summer?
Friday, June 1, 2012
This is such a crazy time of year - and I love it! There are so many projects, culminating events, and (arg!) paperwork to do that I feel like there isn't enough time! Then I start seeing lists of children for my incoming class and I start thinking what fun things we can do next year. With new classroom assignments, I start cleaning, and purging, and planning my blank slate of a classroom. So many other teachers hate to move their classroom. Of course, who does want to start all over every year or two? But, as a pile-maker and never-got-filed lover, I have to appreciate the cleaning that I am forced to do, even if only to pack up my stuff. I am so drained at the end of these June days, but also have an underlying excitement of starting fresh! I can't wait!