Hello all! I am sorry I have not blogged in a bit.....this year has started off with lots of busy and lots of changes and this girl has been feeling a little overwhelmed....
Change........NOT my favorite word......I don't roll easily with changes.......I need time to think things through and process.....seems like the theme of this year is change. Changes in the form of new reading series, rolling out common core BUT still testing sunshine state standards, having an aide in my room a few days a week to help with my ELLS, new common core math books, lots of meetings, changes to our teacher evaluations.......just changes!!!
My mind seems to be going a thousand different places and I can't seem to get settled!!! I can't tell you the last time I sat and was able to read blogs, let alone blog myself.
This new reading series is gonna flip my Daily 5 all over the place!!! Not sure how yet....we just got our books.....I'll be spending lots of time this weekend trying to make it all work. One thing I know for sure is I have got to keep my small groups!!! HAVE TO!!! I connect with my kiddos so much better when I use small groups...in math and reading:)
So being overwhelmed....lol....I have completely forgotten to take pics of what all we have been doing:/ I also haven't felt like blogging because I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer:/ So sorry if this is a downer.....I will perk up as soon as I process all these changes....right now my attitude is more in the way than the changes...lol:)
We have been successfully doing Daily 5 (my version). My version is kinda different, but it's what works for me and now with more changes coming, I'm adjusting and changing it daily. Here are some pics of our day and our different rotations.
I LOVE having a helper a few times a week:) It's like 2 of me!!! (although 2 of me would be dangerous...lol) Today the kiddos got to do making words with her:)
I HAVE to meet with my small groups everyday:) I love that time! I call that Teacher Time in my Daily 5 rotations. Right now (BB......Before Basal) we have been using these I-Ready common core books. I love them:)
Of course we are constantly using my multiple choice fans:) (you can read more about those here)
Another change to our rotations is software that our school has (also I-Ready), so one of their rotations has to be that. Gonna shoot for 3 days a week:) We will see how that goes.
Today we did have time for Work on Writing....which was making a science foldable. I know, I know......none of my names go with my activities.....maybe I need to rename everything and make a new rotation board......hmmmmmmmm?
Working on inherited traits, inherited behaviors, acquired traits, and learned traits.....that's a mouthful!
So there ya have it.....a look into my day today. I am sorry if this post seems poopy.....:( Teachers get overwhelmed at times and I guess my time is now. Thanks for listening:) I'm just trying to adjust to all the changes (I didn't tell you all of them), get my kiddos where they need to be and smile all at the same time.....I hope you all had a wonderful hump day and a super rest of your week! I'll be back soon with smiles and sunshine....I promise:)