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Monday, March 12, 2012

Trimester 3

Fellow looping teachers, 'tis the season for the kiddos to get too comfortable with each other. I am in the second year of a loop- though I wasn't their teacher last year they were all together in class as first graders. They start to act like brothers and sisters around spring time. Our third trimester starts on Monday and I spent Friday writing report cards and cleaning the room to be prepared for third grade boot camp. I won't actually call it that but I need to get these kiddos in shape for next year. Here are my goals:

  1. Change Daily 5 Stations
          My students are starting to use some of the word work boxes in ways in which they are not intended 
          (ahem- play dough). I plan to make them more accountable for practicing their spelling words.

    2. Write More
        I am going to have them write more across all areas of curriculum, making sure they have proper 
        sentence structure.

    3. More Consequences

        This sounds bad but I don't mean it to be. I need to hold the kids more accountable for their actions
        and this means creating consequences and following through.

    4. Change Their Line Order
         I have been having them line up in all sorts of orders to mix them up- by birthdays, last names, 
         first names, etc. but I think I'm going to have to have them boy/girl from now on. 

    5. Create Brain Builders

         I found this idea on Pinterest and I think I'm going to try it in my room. I was trying to figure out a 
         way to teach all the skills from the NWEA MAP tests and I think this might be the ticket. I am going
         to make different cards on rings for some of the strands and let the kids learn them in their free time.
         I have a list of things to start with and I'm already working on some synonym/antonym cards. I plan
         to start this after spring break, though, so we have a good amount of time.