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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Power of Positivity

It's so nice to think positively.  Thanks to Miss Peluso's Kindergarten for hosting this linky!  I did have a great week - a bit exhausting with all of the assessments going on - but I'm hoping to spend Monday and Tuesday's Workdays getting ahead and ready for our second semester to begin. 

Have a great week!

Linking up with Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop

It was a cold, rainy day yesterday and I did NOTHING.  Laundry was just not a priority.  No choice today, though.  It's back to school tomorrow; although I do have two workdays (Monday and Tuesday) so I can wear casual attire...much easier to plan for that!  I'm not sure what our PD will be on Tuesday, but I hope it's something new, fun, and informative!  It's always nice to learn new things that I can implement in my classroom!  Lastly, I can't wait to finish my MOY assessments this week so I can get back to doing what I love..................TEACH!

Be sure to link up with  Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop!

Until next time....

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Power of Positivity - Linking up with Miss Peluso's Kindergarten

Linking up with Miss Peluso's Kindergarten for the first time.  I love the idea of thinking positively!  Check out her blog for all of her positive thoughts! 

Until next time....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Three Pluses and a Wish

So I've been thinking and thinking about what my first blog post should be's a lot harder than it might seem!  I reflected on my twenty-something years of teaching...what strategies have I used that I liked the best?  What will really begin to tell my story?  What might be helpful for others to read? 

Well, I think I've come up with a winner...something I may use on a weekly basis...Three Pluses and a Wish!  Have you ever used this strategy when teaching?  I used to use it a ton when I taught upper grades.  We would reflect on something we did in class and determine parts that went well and parts that needed to be reworked or reviewed. 

I started using a similar strategy this week with my kinders.  They did a fabulous job!  Here's what we did: We have stations every day for about 50 minutes - 3 rounds for about 13 minutes each.  In between each station we meet on the carpet.  This week I added that we have a quick discussion about what went well or what needed work during that round...kind of a check-in.  One little one who was at the writing station said, "Someone at my station really worked hard figuring out how to spell a hard word!"  Another one said, "We were playing around at Book Boxes instead of reading our books."  I was really impressed with how well they were able to honestly critique themselves.

So here are my Three Pluses and a Wish for last week!

Plus 1:
On Monday, we wrote reading goals and most of my little ones were able to brainstorm and write an appropriate goal!

Plus 2:
My little ones LOVE to write.  We are working on writing opinion pieces and most of them have been able to state their opinion and back it up with a reason!

Plus 3:
We had a bit of an eventful week at school - a fire on Thursday, the coldest day of the year so far.  I am thankful for all of our fire drill practices because all kiddos followed our procedures and were out of the building safe and sound.  (Did I mention that this fire occurred during kindergarten lunch when we didn't have coats?)  All is well now, but, at the time, it was a bit scary...having 20 little ones under my care during a stressful situation like a fire is exhausting!

I'm hoping that, in the upcoming week, I can begin to see the growth that I know my kiddos have made.  Our assessment window opens on Monday, and I will be assessing to see where everyone is.  I can see such improvements on a day-to-day basis...I hope they show me what they can do!
Until next time....