Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

I see that so many teachers have already been able to work in their rooms, getting them ready for the upcoming school year.  My principal does not allow teachers back into the school until pre-service week, which begins next Monday.  Fortunately, we have most of the five days to work in our rooms and plan with our teams.  This is my 26th year teaching and my tenth year in fourth grade, so I think I can handle it.  I've been blog stalking and scouring Pinterest all summer, so I'm rip roaring and ready to go!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Teaching My Friends!: Staples, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Teaching My Friends!: Staples, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
 Nancy over at Teaching My Friends has found out about a change to the Staples teacher discount program.  Please read her post to learn more.  I am suggesting a email campaign to get Staples to change their policy back to the way it was so that we teachers can continue to supply needy students with what they need to be successful with money from our own pockets.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Recommendation

As I ease back into school tomorrow, I thought it would be helpful to ease my students back into the school routine as well.  I developed a quick and dirty book recommendation form that I will introduce to them tomorrow.  I plan to copy the recommendations onto bright paper and give two to each student.  My goal is for students to think about two particularly wonderful books they have already read this year and then think about what other 4th grader at school would be a great match for the book(s).  After working through a sample together, explaining and modeling how you would give a quick 2-3 sentence description of the book without giving away anything crucial as well as giving a reason for the recommendation, students will have the rest of the week to complete the two book recommendations for homework.  Recommendations will then be given to the students they were written for.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What are YOU reading in 2012?

As we begin 2012, I wonder what other bloggers are reading. 
Professionally, I'm reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  I know I am WAY behind most other teacher bloggers, but if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it!
Personally, I'm deciding between starting 33 Men - Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin or The Kennedy Detail written by the Secret Service Agents that were with President and Mrs. Kennedy on the day JFK was assassinated.
Leave a comment and let me know what YOU are reading.