Sunday, July 29, 2012

Working On My Checklist

I have been working hard on my summer checklist. As you'll see, I've added a bunch of other side projects - as always! 

First, I have read both books by "the Sisters" - The Daily 5 and CAFE.  I have been following all those fellow bloggers with their book discussions.  Reading the books and blogs really set off many of the side projects.  I have also been working on that CAFE & Daily 5 board.  I have all the pieces made.  Now I just have to put it all together.  

After reading the Sisters, I was inspired by Ladybug's Teacher Files wonderful organization  and thought "Why, yes, I would like to start the year organized."  So I made my own binder cover, spine label, and dividers in a WILD pattern to match my stylish adventure theme.  

My binders also tie in with the Adventure Clip Chart  that I made for this new year.  The Clip Chart promotes positive behavior choices and also considers those kids who already make good choices.  Everyone starts at the green level and can move up or down through the entire day.  The link takes you to my Clip Chart at TeachersPayTeachers where I have shared it as a freebie with an explanation note.

Then, These are my Whole Class Journals that are available for the kids to use during the "Work On Writing" section of our Daily 5.  I had started creating my own, but found these from Teach-A-Roo and loved them.  Inside the cover there are also word banks for vocabulary for each topic.  I loved that addition!  We all know how often kids come up to ask for spelling help!  I may make more topics later, but these are great for starting the year.  Who can resist all those brand new composition books at 50 cents each??

Don't worry friends!  I am not done yet!  I am still working on the Whole Brain thing and also making a display with the Beanie Baby Reading strategies.  Luckily there is still time!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Daily 5 Party

I have joined the party full-force!  I am reading the Daily 5 book and scouring the vast WWW to find anything Daily 5 and CAFE.  I managed to stumble and land face first in this Wonderful group of bloggers working their way through the Daily 5 book.  I am so happy to read the words of these bloggers and find that it echoes my own thoughts starting the book.  I hope I can catch up to them!  Here is the link to Lory's Page when she began this book talk.  At the bottom are a number of other bloggers, each contributing their thoughts.  All of these sites have great ideas of their own.

I am still building that black, white, and red all over bulletin board.  I plan to stop by school tomorrow to do some measuring of the board in question so that I can move forward with the whole display and not find out I made it too big when I get there in August.  Here is what I have so far...Still a work in progress.
I am reading one of the links at Fourcornerslife blog and she has some interesting points about the importance of choice and building stamina.  Returning to 2nd grade, I am excited about the improved maturity (potential?) of slightly older students.  I am hoping to build on their desire to be "big kids" and that intrinsic motivation.  I am also really crossing my fingers to build that stamina.  I find it hard to button my own  lip and let them work without praising the ones who are doing well, so I hope to build my own stamina, too.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

CAFE and Daily 5 What's black, white, and red all over?

My newest bulletin board!

Following the uber-responsible example of Mrs. B, I am trying to organize my summer home time.  I am so proud of myself today - I went to the gym and spent two hours working on my teaching goals.  Yay me!  I downloaded The Daily 5  book to my iPad and I am reading, highlighting, searching online, printing notes, and working on a plan for the bulletin board I will use for the Daily 5 and CAFE.  I have an adventure theme for my second graders in September and I got a bit carried away on the last day of school and put up a WILD zebra print wrapping paper as backing for this particular board.  Now, looking at the layout of my classroom I realize that board will be a huge focus up on the front wall and the perfect place for my ambitious Daily 5 and CAFE displays.  I have to get some measurements on the exact size of the board so I can continue to create the pieces I want to make for the display.  In the next couple of days, I'll keep reading The Daily 5 and making a "sketch" of the bulletin board I want to have.  My main focus is to keep the fun zebra background in a way that doesn't make any of my students queasy come September.  Check back soon to see how I am doing.

.......A few hours later I'm baaaaaack.  I just wanted to add that Mrs. Durning's site at Second Grade Is Splendid has a great series of posts for the Daily 5 as it is in her classroom.  I find myself going back to her again and again.  Thanks Mrs. Durning!