June 10, 2015

Currently


I am linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this months currently post.









My husband has to be the most energetic morning person I have ever met. He wakes up in such a great mood and usually singing very LOUDLY and off key. Oh my! I am so not a morning person. I need about 4 cups of coffee before I can even deal with the day let alone someone as happy as he is. I think his morning goal is to drive me nuts before my coffee kicks in. Love him!


My summer goal is to read Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller and Students taking charge by Nancy Sulla. These two books are inspiring. I am hoping that my teacher self with be motivated and recharged for the coming year. 


All in all I plan to relax this summer. Enjoy the beach and have some fun. What about you. What are your summer plans?



           

June 4, 2015

Teaching With Intention A Summer Book Study

I am super excited to be linking up with Kindergarten Smorgasbord and all these wonderful teachers for a summer book study. 






So let's get this summer party started. 




In chapter one we examine what our idle classroom would look like. I must admit with it being the summer time I do give a lot of thought to this. I even blog stalk look for good examples of what others are doing. My ideal classroom would be a room that is alive with authentic chatter. Students are engaged in what is taking place. My room is well organized and students are taking ownership for their learning. You should be able to look around my room and see projects the students have completed. The actual classroom is bright and cheery. 




In my ideal classroom the students are leading the learning. They know the routines and what is expected. They are so excited and having so much fun that they don't even realize they are learning. As the teacher of the ideal classroom I am facilitating the learning and observing the great work going on. I am able to conference one on one with students. Meet in small groups with students that may be struggling with a concept. I am there more as a resource then anything else. 



I am lucky that I already have a theme that I love. I do a polka pot with orange and green. I love it and it makes it easier to add boarder. I love changing my boarders to match what we are learning. I am also really organized so that coming into a new year everything is right where I need it. 



I do need to work on my class library. I have never been happy with it. I need a system that I can live with from year to year. I also need to work on my room layout. I would like it to be set up with an easy flow. I also need to work on keeping my desk clean. I have a bad habit of just putting things on it thinking I will deal with it later and then I don't until it becomes to hard for me to look at and then I clean it.