Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I have more books in my classroom library than anyone could dream. In fact, is it possible to have too many books? They take up sooo much space-- and I fear that mnay of them arent even TOUCHED by the students. Should I weed them out and get rid of the books that students arent interested in? My next question to ponder-- is how do I need to organize the books? For years I have organized them by genre-- and I promptly notice my boys going for the fiction, or the sports, or the graphic novels, where my girls tend to gravitate toward the fictional, realistic fiction chapter books and even the poetry. But now I am wondering, should I level all my books and put them into baskets according to level? Does anyone else level their books and group them that way for ease of students to choose books at their "level?"
Monday, July 16, 2012
I am loving the Daily Five and all the resources I am finding. I am working on a wiki http://daily5andcafe.wikispaces.com/ so that I have all my resources in one place and I can also share them with other teachers. but the most amazing resources I have found are all the listening sites! I am listing the listening sites that I have found that I will be using and will also add to it as needed. You will have to copy and paste the following as I do not have all of them linked yet. National Geographic Shel Silverstein http://www.readtomelv.com/current-books/ http://www.starfall.com http://kids.aol.com/KOL/1/KOLJrStories http://storynory.com/ http://www.wegivebooks.org/books#all http://www.web-pop.com/readersindexflash.html http://www.frankasch.com/animatedbooks.html http://pbskids.org/lions/stories/ http://www.mightybook.com/story_books.html http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/l...ups_supper.asp http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ http://www.kennedy-center.org/multim...alexander.html http://www.inklesstales.com/poems/index.html http://www.inklesstales.com/stories/index.shtml http://www.storylineonline.net/ I hope you you find these helpful! I am also considering a membership ( it is free) at http://www.symbaloo.com/ This is a site where I can place all my listening sites that I want the students to have access to during the listening to reading. The site is basically a place where you can bookmark all your favorite sites and can access it via any computer. :)
Monday, July 9, 2012
Read the book in about 4 hours this morning as I waited for my brakes to be replaced. I am ready to jump into Daily 5 and CAFE head first. I think this afternoon I will make a list of everything that I can create at home and begin. 1. I can make my Daily five signs/ Sentence Strips 2. I can Make my Cafe Signs and definitions 3. I can make my notebook for conferencing 4. I can create labels for Writers notebooks, and class journals. 5. I need to decide if I am going to make Genre labels for my book baskets or if I am going to embark on the task of leveling my books according to readability. Sheesh. That is a task all in itself. 6. I am going to start saving cereal boxes so my students will have Book Boxes. 7. Hopefully when I get back from the beach next week-- and inbetween training days, I can get into my classroom to begin unpacking the boxes and baskets that students helped me to throw together. Yes. Throw together is right. 8. I am sure there is more......... I will just add to it that as I go along.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I am thinking that teachers are the biggest nerds ever. How many professions have a vacation and continue to think,create activities, presentations, and plan their job during their vacation? I have read the book Daily Five-- I bought my lesson plan book and now I am ready to fill it up with the first weeks of school plans! I am going to create my labels for notebooks, folders and posters..... Oh I am getting excited about school. Every year when the school year ends I am so weary and I welcome summer with open arms. Around the beginning of July I begin to get excited again about the new year and all that is to come: New students, new school supplies and a renewed sense of spirit. I guess if there is ever a time when I don't get excited about a new school year retirement will bwe close at hand-- or a career change. For the time being-- I will continue to love being a teacher nerd!!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Horray! My books came yesterday! I was so excited, I ripped the box open and began reading my past due homework. chapters 1 and 2. Chapter three was to be read by today-- so I started that one also. My daughter was begging to swim, so I just went outside, parked my lounge chair in the shade while she swam in the pool. An hour and a half later I was already into chapter 7. Book read. Check.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I have become addicted to pinterest. In my addiction this summer, I found (or think I have) a solution to my problems. Problem number 1 Not enough time to do EVERYTHING I want to do in my ELA block. Problem number 2 Beginning the Common Core Standards this year.......Really what we are doing is teaching the "Common" standards between the common core and our own standards. (Might as well go straight to the common core then-- they are only going to be tested on the common standards..." Problem number 3 I have got to find a way to get my interventions in for my RTI students. So when I came across the Daily Five and the CAFE invite for a book study-- and a ton of Pinterest pins for this strategy of teaching.... I knew I had to be in on it.
Monday, July 2, 2012
I went to the book store to get the books Daily Five and CAFE. I was ready to read and start a more organized method for my ELA block. They were out. So I am having to wait for my books to come in. How van I take part in a book study if I haven't read the books????? I already feel like I didn't do my homework.