Happy Friday! We made it through our first full week of school! For once, I am not entirely exhausted either :)
We have dived into Daily 5 procedures this year and are building and building our stamina. I've noticed my kiddos are pretty competitive against themselves so at the end of each reading time, we set a stamina goal for the next day. Yesterday's goal was 12 minutes...and they made it to 13! :) I'm SO incredibly proud of how seriously they are taking it. We don't have time on Friday for D5 because we have a special and then computer lab to take the weekly reading test I am required to give....at the end of the day one of my girls said "Oh no! We forgot to practice our stamina" <3 p="">
I found this super fun interactive notebook set for Reading Street on Teachers Pay Teachers over the summer. I wasn't sure how it would work out using it in conjunction with the Daily 5 format but we used it this week and it's been great! My kids are going to have the best fine motor skills in the school! They drew pictures to match the vocabulary and these two just had me giggling when I was grading notebooks today. (The top one is supposed to be a bat...the bottom one is her picture to represent "blew"....I swear I giggled like a 5 year old when I saw these because they are so darn cute!)
I have relearned how much I love mentoring new teachers. I have only ever had a student teacher once before and never in the fall....but I am enjoying it immensely. I am finding that I am really a better mentor now because I have to be explicit in explaining my rationale to her as we set things up. It's been a lot of fun to have someone to work with all day again. She has two days out this coming week for PD at her school and her state licensing test....I'm not sure what I'm going to do without her!
I forgot to take a picture of this and I'm super sad....we have a huge amount of wall space in our hallways. There is also a wooden piece that makes a nice separator. Over the years I have taken to using two sheet protectors per student and hanging one above and one below that wood divider. The kiddos' names go on the wood piece to identify their spot. This year we are using Currently in the Classroom and that is in the top protector....my student teacher hung up letters so it reads "Currently....in 3rd grade" and I LOVE it. I will try to remember to take a picture because its so fun!
After spending 12.5 hours at school last Friday, my student teacher and I left at 3:55 today with NOTHING IN OUR HANDS. :) I'm discovering that I spend way less time grading in 3rd grade (partly because the assessments are shorter) and because of how I am setting things up for my kids. What a relief! Goodness knows that I have so little time at home to be fussing with grading between doctor school and my own family obligations. It's awesome to know I have the entire weekend to focus on my own school priorities and my family :)
Have a great weekend!3>