Today was my first official day back to school. I have been working in my classroom for about a week and had learning team meetings last week to write the School Improvement Plan, but now I have to get back to the routine. The beginning of the school year always makes me think of New Years Day and resolutions. I think I make more resolutions each time school starts than I do at New Years. This year, thanks to some great professional reading, my biggest resolution is just to BRING IT in the classroom.
I also am super excited because someone in the district office finally listened to us and the super strict mandates for curriculum and instruction have been lightened this year. I will be able to teach with Reading and Writing Workshop models and not have to figure out how to connect it to the mandated structure. I have the most coherent and connected plans for instruction that I have had in the last few years. Of course, there are still millions of things on my to-do list that need to be done before next Tuesday when students start school.
I am so excited to be setting up our reading community. Here are a few pictures from the work-in-progress.
|The book sorting process. It is much more organized than it has been in the last few years. I love the genre classification stickers from Demco!|
|I am so excited about this reading door!|
For now, I need to take things a step at a time and get ready for the best year ever!