Friday, May 31, 2013

Next year I will....

Two posts in 2 days...
I must be buttah cuz I'm on a roll!

Okay, I'm a little excited about posting back-to-back days since my 6-month hiatus!
Laugh at my joke-attempt, if for no other reason than pity.

Today, I'm linking up with Kim from Finding JOY in 6th Grade to share my professional goals for the upcoming school May:)

Here they are, in no particular order:

I strongly believe that quality children's literature can expose students to rich vocabulary and make these new words meaningful and relevant. I am going to strive to use a few read-alouds a week to incorporate "robust vocabulary" into my classroom. Any and all advice you can give me on how you implement this practice in your classroom is absolutely welcome!!

Does anyone else have this problem?
Again, any suggestions are completely welcome!
I find myself referring students for behavioral concerns and have very little data to back up my observations. I need a good system for recording and keeping track of recorded behavior issues.

You can read more about this goal in yesterday's post:)
Yay, for Schoolgirl Style!!!

I would love to know how to do this effectively and efficiently.
I think it would really help my MTSS time!
(MTSS = RtI to those of you NOT living in KS)
PLEASE comment with suggestions and advice!
(Do you see a pattern here?)
I noticed a few blogs doing book studies on the "Guided Math", and I also know the Sisters have published a Daily 5 for math.
Anyone have a favorite facilitator?

I am striving for "backward planning" this year, and I think if I do that, then keeping students up-to-date on what standards we are working on ("I can" statements or learning targets) will be so much easier.
What does your district suggest:
"I can" statements or learning targets?

Now it's your turn.
Link up with Kim, and share your goals for the 13-14 school year.
joyin6th Homepage

If you do it before Sunday, you might win a $25 GC to TpT....
and if that's not motivation, I don't know what is!
Someones got to win it...
(I hope it's me!...but it could be you)

That money would certainly help some of us achieve our goals.
Have you seen some of the great organizational stuff on that site?
Some teachers just have it all together...sure wish I knew how they do it!

Til next time, friends.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Does anyone remember me???

I don't have any acceptable excuse.
We're all busy.
We're all stressed:)
The last 6 months (you read that correctly) seemed to crawl by while I was in the trenches, but honestly I CANNOT believe my last post was in January.

I wish I had something to offer you all in the form of a freebie or giveaway.
Will you accept a little inspiration offering? Pretty please?:)

I have enjoyed the first few days of summer vacation (ahhh....) by just playing with my boys and cleaning a very unkempt house!

Now, I'm already starting to get back into the school-mode by planning and perusing blogs and sites for this fall's preparations.

Introducing my theme for the next school year:
Chalkboard Charm, by Melanie Ralbusky

Our district's high school's colors are red and black, so I'm sure I'll score extra points for this theme...but that's honestly not why I want it.

Last year, I did "bright on black" and I am super sick of all the bright colors...ugghh.

The red in my room will be minimal; mostly white and black.

I already ordered some fab border from mpm school supplies.
Take a look!

In addition to the patterned red, I ordered just plain ol' straight-edged red border.

I was most inspired to post today because my wonderful friend and mentor, Melissa, is starting a blog and posted her Schoolgirl Style inspiration.
Head on over to Melissa's blog and introduce yourselves.

She will love the new company!
(and I'm sure she'll be a much more dedicated blogger than me....)

For awhile, I will be filling my days with book studies, and just some straight up studying over our new math series and reviewing Common Core and many of the programs already in place in our district (phonics, language arts, social studies).

But very soon (am I the only weirdo counting down the days til the end of July? probably...) I will start the wonderful process of decorating my "new" room! I love it!

Sorry for being so long-winded today.
I had 6 months to make up for, you know....