Don't hate me...please don't hate me...but I have 15 kiddos. It's crazy! I feel like I've had a bunch of absent students every day. The kicker is I'll get all the move-ins and that is always scary because it's the unknown. I'm sure I'll have a make-it-work moment. (A-la Tim Gunn, haha)
You know what...I'm not sure if it's because of my small class size, or if they're a pretty good group, or because this is my 6th year of teaching (which I had to totally think about other day) but this was the smoothest beginning of the year ever. I had the normal bts jitters and we're completely working on procedures, raising our hand, and the usual but I feel like it's been smooth.
I also started Daily 5. We're doing Read to Self right now. I did the intro lessons...shoes and all. Here is my anchor chart.
I know it's not fancy, I know this. But it's practical. I'll work on pretty next time (You know I have tons of pink post-its!) I wanted to use post-its so that each day when I revisit the chart with the class we can sort the duties. They're really good at knowing who has which jobs now and I really think it's helped firm my expectations during Read to self.
|We're trying new spots around the room each day. I brought out my wiggle cushions as an option and they were a hit. These are great for squirmy kiddos. I had a great parent donate them to my classroom a few years ago.|