I wouldn’t be my normal procrastinating self if I actually posted Five for Friday on Friday! 🙂 This week I’m highlighting the first week of school!
I worked from 11 AM to 9:30 PM in my classroom on Saturday, but I was very proud of the final product. Check it out here.
We started back to school this week and it was amazing! We have an awesome group of students who seem to have caught on pretty quick! I also think that because this is our team’s second year of working together – we’re able to be very consistent across the board. It makes for a much smoother day.
The iPads cometh….the iPads cometh! The kids were unbelievably excited to get those iPads in their hands! Because our schedule the first week of school is abbreviated in the morning so that we have a lot of time with our AA/Homeroom classes, it worked out perfectly that we’d spend those days having the students participate in an iPad Bootcamp that was created by Jennifer Gingerich. Check out her wikispaces here for some amazing resources.
After talking with a teacher friend from another school, she shared with me that at her school, the entire school did the same flipchart on the first day of school to make sure that students understood all school rules and procedures. She shared with me her template, I modified it, and it was a great hit!
We decided to use Remind101 as an entire team this year. All sixth grade teachers have a shared account that we’ll use to send information to our students and parents. Students signed up on Friday and took the information home to parents. On Tuesday, when we have our Open House we’ll get our other parents to join.
It only took me until Friday to actually teach a real lesson….ha! But I really do take a while on classroom procedures because I think they are so important! My school district follows the EDI (Explicit Direct Instruction) Model and one of the key components is to teach the objective. I read the objective, we discuss the skill (and what that means) and we discuss the concept. I used one of my favorite Flocabulary videos (but really…can you have a favorite?) to introduce the various “skills” that they will see as 6th graders. I created a foldable along to go with the lesson and it was a BIG hit! Because it went so well, I spent last night preparing the lesson for my TPT Store. It is free for the next 24 hours, so check it out and let me know what you think?
So you see, I DID have an amazing week! How was yours?
Until the next time,