Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Day 2!

I am terrible....I totally have forgotten to take pictures of my new kiddos this week. Oops! Oh well. We have had a great start to 3rd grade and I'm so excited about this year. Things have been a little bumpy with some uncertainties with staffing/subs and such but I've really put forth effort into focusing upon my own kids and it has been a huge relief!

We have really jumped in and I think the kiddos and I are going to have a great year together. We are slowly getting those brains back into learning mode ;) We had so much going on yesterday that we didn't get to start our Daily 5 routines at all, which I was bummed about. But I was adamant that we would begin them today.

As you may recall me talking about before, I have wanted to do Daily 5 for a long time but for so many different reasons I have always backed out on it. This year, I am determined to make it work for us! We did our i-chart for Read to Self today and I posted a stamina graph for the kiddos to help us monitor our progress. They are so cute, we talked about how our ultimate goal is 20 minutes and after we had done all of our practices, I asked the kids what a goal for tomorrow should be and several said "20 minutes!" LOL :) 

They impressed me though. Usually I go by the previous spring's MAP lexile scores when I fill kiddos' book boxes at the start of the year. They switched our data site though so I don't have any access to those scores :( So my student teacher just filled each box with a high, a medium and a low book for each friend, mostly picture books. Some of the kids were a little restless because their books were too short or too easy (or both). But we practiced anyway (our good fit book lesson is tomorrow and they will have some time to shop). They did really well on the first try (2.5 minutes) and had a little trouble on the next try. So we talked about how we could help make it easier for us to not break our stamina. Then we tried again and they made it to 3 minutes. I'm quite impressed with that actually. I didn't think we'd get that far on our first try. They begged me to let them have another practice round later in the day so that they could try to beat their minutes :) Music to my ears, I tell ya!

Fortunately we had some time left after math and I let them practice again. They were very impressed with themselves to get up to 4 minutes and that was our final mark on the graph for today. I am hopeful that with all of the variety of books we have available in our room that the kiddos will find some books they enjoy and really get down to business with reading. :) 

I am so glad I made the switch to 3rd. I know its only been a couple of days but I'm telling you....this group is so different than last year's! For the most part, they really want to please me and my student teacher and that is a refreshing change. I do have a couple kids I'm going to have to keep my eye on, but I think we will be okay. They are learning quickly that Mrs. Wood don't play when it comes to doing what we need to do. 

I'm really excited to see where this year takes us :)

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