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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wow what a year!

Boy this year has taken off.  We have several new programs going on this year at our school and in our class.  We are doing Lucy Calkins in reading & writing.  I have used Lucy Calkins in writing workshop and am loving her updated writing workshop model and how it really interweaves with shared reading, and readers workshop. 

 I just watched a webinar on The Crazy Professor with Whole Brain Teaching.  I plan on trying to start this tomorrow.  I am going to take it slow and start just getting them used to using gestures while they are reading and silently acting out their book at their spots.  Then proceed from there.  If you are interested in getting your students engaged I highly recommend Whole Brain Teaching techniques.  It has truly reformed my classroom and how I teach.  The key that I am struggling with is being consistent with the new procedures and not falling into old habits. 

In math I have started using a detective theme in teaching math workshop.  We start getting our detective journals out, have a mystery question of the day, and we go from there.  My kids are LOVING math this year.  They are so excited to see what we are doing in math daily.  Because of this excitement in math my challenge to myself has been how can I bring this excitement into reading workshop.  How you may ask???? SUPERHEROES!!   Even my girls are into being superheroes in reading and our "weapons" are our books.  I will post examples of my Smart board lessons online soon.

I am working on math stations for 1.OA.1, 1.OA.2, 1.OA.3, 1.OA.4, 1.OA .5, and 1.OA 6.  I will let you know when these are finished. 

This first nine weeks have really taken off.  My kids are active and learning.  I am really enjoying using my new techniques I am learning in Whole brain teaching with my class.  Hope you had a great election day!