Thursday, September 17, 2015

What's Happening in my Room...

Getting back into the swing of things is really throwing me for a loop this year! I'm struggling!! I think it's because two of my own children started school this year... my son went to Kindergarten and my daughter to (full day) Pre-K. It's been a lot these past few weeks.

Anyway, I've got some pictures of the happenings in my new digs these days...

Our Interactive Student Notebooks are coming along beautifully!! Many of this year's 7th graders were with me in 6th grade, so they already know the drill with ISNs. I really think that has helped make this process go so smoothly.

We've been loading in a lot of the introductory stuff (genres, reading strategies, etc.). Next week, we will start to tackle plot and story elements!

And I am OVER THE MOON with how well writing has been going this year!! We started off with lots and lots of lists and have now moved on to Narrative Writing.

I'm using this product and am really loving how responsive the kids have been.

This is a picture of the piece that I drafted live in front of the students (I did type it, rather than hand write it in front of them because it's easier for them to see on the big screen. But you can see that I've been making all my revisions by hand!). I CANNOT emphasize enough how important it is to draft live in front of your kids. They really benefit from seeing a writer in action!

I'm really hoping that we will get into a groove over the next few weeks and then I can share some meatier posts!!

Hope you are all finding your groove :)

Happy Teaching!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Creating an Objectives Wall

So, how is everyone holding up? Back-to-School time is super-exhausting, right?!? I put my kids to bed, pack lunches, and pass out! My whole house is beat up!

Anyway, this week we have my kids' Back to School Night and next week we have both mine and my husband's. My hope is that after all THAT, we will be in a groove and life will be adjusted to our new normal.

I've got lots of great post ideas, but little time to get them written down, so tonight I am just going to share this EASY, but LIFE-CHANGING wall that I created in my classroom.

This is my objectives wall and as you can see, it's pretty simple to create. I made headers for the days of the week and Velcro-ed whiteboards underneath. This allows me to put up all my objectives for the week up on Monday so that I don't forget to post them until an administrator comes in to do a walk-through the students can see what will be learning about all week.

I cannot even tell you how much I love this board!! For whatever reason, remembering to post those objectives is super-hard for me, so this has been such a great solution. And since they are Velcro-ed (is that even a word? Auto-correct keeps squiggling me! I'm going with the hyphen : ), if you need to bump a lesson, you just pop them off and switch them out!! Love it!

So, got any decor/instructional/management strategies working well for you this year? I'd love to hear about them!

Happy Teaching!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Classroom Reveal :)

Great first day! Exhausted :)

All I've got for you tonight is pictures... I'll give lots more details later!

Happy Teaching!!