Well, my year was filled with a boatload of hope. I just knew all of the great things I was going to implement were going to be fabulous. Now.....a year later....hope has turned into reality. Some of those amazing ideas flourished, while others...not so much. So I thought I would take a little time to reflect on what worked and what didn't.
Math Workshop. It went through many changes this year, but overall, I am SO excited with how it all turned out. It is still a work in progress, and will continue to evolve next year (and the years to come) but it really is a happy spot in my schedule. Here is a post I did about some of the changes (and it has even changed since then!)
Read Alouds. This year, I got immense joy taking literary journeys with my class. I placed reading aloud time directly into my daily schedule so I was sure we would never miss it and I am SO glad I did. Once again, we are in the middle of a story that took a bit to "get off the ground" but now, you could hear a pin drop when I am reading. It is the best feeling ever to look out into a group of students and know you have 100% of their attention because of a book you are reading. It really is priceless.
POW and EOTM were. I knew what I had been doing, but wasn't really sure that organizing it in such a manner would work. But let me tell you...it did. My kids' writing was AWESOME this year. When they took the district end of the year test, they rocked the writing! I know that is because they had the structure that POW provided broken down even further into EOTM.
Here are all of the posts I wrote about the topic. Just scroll through and you truly will see some of my most favorite work.
|This was before they were destroyed.|
|They do look pretty...but I couldn't take the colors.|
|See that HUGE chair foot shaped hole?|
Felt on the Chair Feet. I LOVED this idea. No more chasing down runaway tennis balls. No more noisy chairs on the hard floor. The problem was that the felt either 1) came off because the rubber bands broke, 2) came off some other way, or 3) wore through so there was on felt on the actual foot. I know there has to be a solution to these problems, and I am determined to find one.
OK....so now that you know what worked for me and what didn't, I want to know what worked (and didn't) for you! This is a link up...so get to writing a post about it to share with us all! (and if you don't have a blog, PLEASE share in the comments!)