I'm happy to report that I survived the first few days of the school year! I have the biggest class to date (23 students at this moment) and it's nearly two-thirds boys! They're rambunctious (what 6 and 7 year olds aren't?) but eager to learn! They've caught on quickly to the rules and procedures of the classroom and school. We are having fun practicing how to line up, how to behave during restroom breaks, and how to conduct ourselves in the classroom. Like the old saying goes, "You get more flies with honey than with vinegar" (what kind of weirdo is catching flies?)- I've been praising positive behaviors and getting great results! I'm trying to rest up this weekend as next week is our first full week.
This year I'm implementing the Whole Brain Teaching techniques, as well as the CAFE and Daily Five programs. I've attached some photos of my CAFE board. I am teaching the last Whole Brain Teaching classroom rule on Monday (it's my favorite: Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy). I'll post my WBT rules display after I've posted the last rule.
I took some pictures right before open house. It's amazing how crazy and cluttered I know it will be in a few short months! I'm really trying to maximize space and stay organized this year. I'll keep you posted on how that goes!
|This is the first year I'm implementing CAFE with the Daily Five.|
|Love my "Garden of Good Manners"- it was given to me by a sweet friend!|
|This year I'm using desks instead of tables. Not sure about how it's going to work out but I'm staying optimistic!|
|Nice, soft light with the lamps on.|
|I am in love with Skippyjon Jones and Pete the Cat!|
|I made my word wall magnetic this year and stuck it on the chalkboard! The whiteboard to the right used to be a bulletin board. My teaching partner's Dad cut a piece of melamine and boom! Instant whiteboard!|
|Amazing how a fun tablecloth makes the reading group table POP!|
|I made new labels for my classroom library.|
|I gussied up a few lamps for my room this year.|
|I made this fun bunting banner from book jackets!|
|Fun door display!|
|My new teaching partner (L) and me (R)! Ready to take on first grade! I should have worn taller shoes! Story of my life!|
For all my teacher friends & parents, happy back-to-school!
Hoping this is the BEST year yet!