Last month I had the opportunity to attend a two-day conference to help me improve my instruction for ELL students. I found the Iowa Culture and Language Conference to be a motivating and eye-opening experience. One of the keynote speakers was Dr. Danny Brassell. He discussed the importance of engaging students through humor and visuals. … Continue reading Iowa Culture and Language Conference
This post is going to be practically all pictures so you can see what my classroom looks like this year. This room is the same size as my classroom last year- just on the opposite of the building. I plan on having a section of my dry-erase board become my "focus wall" for our success … Continue reading My Fifth-Grade Classroom
I'm feeling a little relieved since I just finished my last graduate class for the summer. It was definitely a major feat! Now that I have a three week break before my next graduate class starts I'm focusing on getting ready for the upcoming school year. I am excited to say that I almost have … Continue reading Things are coming together…
I will be moving to fifth grade after four years of teaching third grade. A dream of mine is to be a literacy coach in my school district, but before becoming a literacy coach I feel like I need more experience besides teaching third grade. After talking with my principal, moving to fifth grade is … Continue reading First Big Move
So, at our last assembly I was able to get a free hair cut from a few of my students. If you remember a blog post from earlier on in the year I mentioned letting my third grade students cut my hair if they reached a reading goal that we set as a class. Unfortunately … Continue reading Free Hair Cut
As I was sitting on this Sunday evening writing a thank you letter for one of my scholarships, it dawned on me that in a short couple of weeks my life is going to change. I will be starting my first semester working towards getting my masters in Literacy Education at UNI. I will be … Continue reading A Realization
So... Last year, I had a homework system that worked pretty well. Students read and wrote about the book, practiced their word sort, and worked on a few math facts. They did this every night Monday through Thursday each week. Each day the adults in my room would look over their work and give them … Continue reading Bye-Bye, Long Hair!