Yesterday, I visited a school where I was offered a teaching position – I really liked it! My classroom was HUGE, and I will be coteaching with another new teacher fresh out of college. It is a pretty flimsy curriculum-hold on the teaching that is done, which will allow me to come up with more engaging lessons and play centers for the students. I can’t believe I have a job 🙂 I will be sending my acceptance email to them today! My job is teaching pre-K at Lake Oswego KinderCare, and I want to start looking at the curriculum more closely and getting some extra materials together. Only a few more weeks to focus on classes and assignments 😮
There are so many ways to help children learn to read. I am glad that this book breaks down some into more detail. I know the basic few of chunking, re-reading, sounding it out – but children need to have a large repertoire so they can enjoy reading on their own.
After an event today, it was proved to me how important organization is. I am a naturally organized person but I kept envisioning teaching without structure – it is chaotic ha! If a school day was setup with no parameters, it would be a very different situation.
Since I am coming up on the start of my first year teaching, I thought this letter would be helpful. It gives tips that I hadn’t thought of yet.
This book looks like something I would have loved reading when I was younger! I still enjoy books with dog narratives because it gives you a chance to imagine what they think. Having personified characters really draws kids into the content.
As a child I have vivid memories of sitting at the dinner table, looking at my brother and sister sitting on either side of me and wondering, “How could we three have the same parents, live within the same four walls yet be so different? Maybe they were adopted at birth.” Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio, explores the themes of family differences, love and acceptance.
I first met Gaston and author Kelly DiPucchio for that matter at the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference in March. I attended a session with Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer. She whispered, “Gaston.” I raced to the conference book sale and nabbed one of the last copies. I struck up a conversation with a woman who gave me cuts in line. “What are you buying?” she asked. I read the titles of the books in my folded arms and then added proudly…
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Tonight made me realize the importance of having a support group of friends! It was very fun to gossip and laugh about our teaching experiences 🙂 In one of our classes, the professor discussed the importance of sharing stories – I definitely agree after tonight. Other people, not in teaching, try to understand what we are going through but don’t really relate. Since this is our last term in the graduate school program, I want to make sure we all see each other as much as possible!
Technology can really make an impact on the connectedness of students. I like the idea that the classes made it like a game of sending math problems to each other via Twitter – it shows the children that there can be a more practical way of using social media.
As the year comes to a close I look back at all the global connections and collaboration opportunities my students have had through making connections through Skype, Twitter, blog, and GAFE. One of the ways we have connected during math this year was through our weekly math exchange of a math problem or math task with Heidi Samuelson‘s second graders in Tennessee. Every Tuesday we would take turns tweeting out a math task for the other class to figure out and tweet back the answer.
The students were so engaged we often tweeted out more than one problem each day. Which would often lead to more classes tweeting and asking questions as well.
Toward the end of the year we often had other classes joining in on the fun and tweeting problems to us as well. One week we had other so classes tweeting math problems with us my students took it as a challenge…
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Since it looks like I’ll be teaching pre-K or Kindergarten, I thought I would browse some resources for younger children. This one popped up in my search and I am DEFINITELY ordering it if one of the offered positions works out. It has creative materials, a guide to inquiry-based learning, and a magazine with poems as well as activities. It is less than 20 bucks/month for the whole year subscription, which is a plus! I’m getting excited to start planning my future pre-K or K room 🙂
I was reminiscing on the post I wrote about not knowing what to write, and it made me think about how it was somewhat of paradox. The fact I am writing something meant that I knew what to write. My boyfriend told me of his favorite paradox and I think it would be a great way to start off the first day of school.
Written on one side of notecard is “The statement on the other side is true” and written on the other side is “the statement on the other side is false.”
It would be really cool to get the students’ minds turning, and trying to understand if this was possible. Just simply having a monitored group discussion about it and letting them figure out that it is a paradox allows the engagement right away.
Today was very relaxing!
– woke up and lounged in bed with PLL
– sat out in the sun with my parents and a phone trivia game
– took Bear for a walk into town
– listened to my new records while finishing my book
– browsed blogs and free Kindle books
– watching an old thriller (American Werewolf in London)
Successful last day of summer before school starts 🙂