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Week in Review

Hey guys, how's it going?

We have been working on a lot of things, and I realized that I haven't been taking pictures like I should. 

I promise, I promise, I'm going to get better! I feel like I've been in a wormhole this year, and I'm still trying to get my bearings!!!

Anywho, we've been working on creative writing, and one thing that I push a lot in my room is labeling. 
So, I re-created my anchor chart from last year (I think I will have it laminated this year!!), and I got the idea from Babbling Abby over at The Inspired Apple. I think I saw it on Pinterest first. 


It's a good thing that we have already been doing this during writing, so, 
it was easy for them to connect the dots!

We also practiced labeling together. Once again from Babbling Abby, as seen on Pinterest!


 I have this awesome sheet from my friend Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies.  
FYI, her labeling packs are AWESOME!!!!!


Also, at my school, we are required to have a substitute folder, in case there is an emergency, and we aren't able to come to school. This usually includes our class rolls, classroom routines and procedures, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Well, I know you've seen all of those cute sub tubs all over Pinterest. Soooo.......I just had to make one as well!! I still have my sub folder, but I also left a note inside for them to look for the sub tub on the counter. 

The folder is on the wall by the door.

And my sub tub is on the counter behind my desk. 


I didn't use one of the large crates, I just used a locker sized one, which is a lot thinner,
 and takes up less space. 

I'm so excited that October is almost here, I love the units that are coming up!!!!!!

Sigh, I just love the fall!!!


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Writer's Workshop: Journals or Folders?

Hey, hey everyone! How's it going?

Ok, so I decided that one area that I would really focus on this year is creative writing. This has always been an area that I have felt that 
I needed the most improvement.

The first few days, I just gave a simple mini-lesson, and then they wrote. Our writing music is a nice jazz instrumental album, and they absolutely love it. Any of my co-workers can tell you that I am the music queen, we listen to it all day long!

Anyways, I just gave them some paper from some extra writing journals that I have. One difference this year is that I modeled a lot more, and before they could leave the mat they had to tell me what they were going to write about. It's amazing how that one simple step gave them a purpose for writing, and they were so engaged that I was just looking on in awe. 

One student told me that he decided that he was going to write about his hand. I thought that was an interesting choice! I was just glad that this was his focus, and he did it! Sorry, I forgot to take a pic of his writing on the other side. 


Here are a few more writing samples from the first few days.



I have always used writing journals, but this year I have decided to use writing folders for writer's workshop. (Not to be confused with the notebooks where we decorated it with journal swag, 
I plan to use those for the morning message!)

On the inside of the folder, one side is labeled I'm done, the other is labeled Keep Going!


So, this is the beginning of my creative writing journey, and I'm so excited about it, it's getting a bit ridiculous!

How do you conduct writer's workshop?
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Procedures & Routines, Repeat....

I feel like I've been stuck in a perpetual wormhole, where we are repeating days over and over again, with no end in sight! Aaaaiiiiieeeee!!! I can't wait until we get past this stage, although I know how important it is. I made a promise to myself that I would model, model, model & model some more, until I feel as if I can't model anymore!! Then I will continue to model anyway! 

I think that it is so important that we remember that, because when we have so many requirements piled on top of us, it can be easy to just move onto a form of independence for students. 

........And  then..............things fall a part!!!!

So, for that very reason, I'm going to model, model, and then model some more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, besides that, we have participated in some actual learning! Here is a quick photo dump of things that we have been working on in Kindergarten!

You have no idea how this has made my life so much easier! 
Whoever posted this on Pinterest has my gratitude!


I finally started The Daily Five! Whoo-hoo!! We are working on building our stamina for Read to Self. 
We can read to ourselves quietly for a minute! The following pictures document our Daily Five journey. 





We will discuss the 3rd way to read a book this week!


Student behaviors during read to self. Yes, we're going EXTREMELY slow on this part!


We also started taking a look at our writing journal. The first thing that we did was do journal swag!!! They absolutely loved it, and I think that it made them very excited about writing (even if they have no idea what it truly means just yet, I'm glad the enthusiasm was there!)



My school is focusing on being a bucket filler school, and this is what I got from our lovely counselors on Friday! My very own bucket and they filled it with great things!!





Needless to say, they filled my bucket!!!


So, how has your days as an educator been?
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