This week has just flown by. I had planned to blog more frequently but now think once a week will be my goal! We have really been enjoying getting to know each other. We posed two essential questions this week:
What is a community? How do we know we are part of one?
What is a 'true' friend and how do we know?
I am a Twitter stalker and found this quote a few days before the start of school and it was a timely reminder that curriculum cannot come before relationship building. I have learned so much about them and they about me. I know they told you the breadstick story, right? I'm curious if they remember the reason for me telling them that!
We have dipped in to some math (yay for Place Value!) and began to express ourselves as writer's and actors! We have clocked up 31 minutes on GoNoodle and have played 'Taxi' and 'The Professor'.
Today we talked about our brains and sang a 'Dendrite Song'. We talked about Amygdala and I got a response from a child that is so important for teachers to remember. When asked what triggers a flight response in class a young lady said, "When the teacher calls on a student when she knows they haven't been listening." So, so true....
We began our Science 'Outfitted for Science' fashion show and had a special visit from Mrs. Tillman, our Instructional Partner at CCE who talked choosing books that were 'the right fit'.
I love this class, their smiles, their chatter and their ENERGY! And...
It was another great day in the Clover Classroom. We started off with googly eye creations and had our second class meeting of the year. We had mostly 1s but some higher numbers: something I try to talk with students about as the day progresses. We wrote for a while about our dream house and enjoyed our first P.E. lesson of the year. I even got to play some 'Back It Up'! After lunch we had our first library day and that was FUN! I got to learn about all the books and got to 'check out' my student selections. We ended the day with some math and had our first glimpse of presenting in front of our peers. These third graders ROCK! Oh and let's not forget #gonoodle
My first day as a third grade teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary started at 2:45am. Maybe that's why I forgot my phone and my iPad so have NO pictures to post. #disappointed
After being totally overwhelmed at assembly this morning we headed back to the classroom. Most of the day was spent getting to know each other, talking about expectations, open seating, recess, cafeteria etc. etc. I tried hard not to sound like the Charlie Brown teacher on day 1! We started our 2015-2016 class in GoNoodle and the students graced me with participating in my 'Rollercoaster' moves.
I had so much fun learning about them and happy to have a class that is 'like me' on so many levels. Some have traveled, some have sisters, some have dogs and ALL have a sense of wonderment about our world. It's going to be a great year.
COMPLETION! Not that a classroom is ever truly complete but I feel like I am nearing my end of 'to dos' for Friday morning and I can now start to personalize and energize the space. I decided to go with some standing tables, some sitting tables and some kneeling tables alongside some comfy chairs and a couple of stools. Now for the curriculum preparation, right?
Today was a rough day, I felt I took 1 step forward and 2 steps back... I'm really trying to get stay true to my vision and it's hard. I am determined that tables will not take over the room but it's hard to break from that tradition where every students needs their own 'spot'. I agree with that on some levels but think their 'spot' can change...
Tomorrow is another day.