I put away all the tissue boxes and reams of looseleaf paper and all the other community supplies and then stepped back and took a few pictures--a permanent record that--for a few days--my room was sort of clean. NOTE: I did not take photos behind my desk or in the storage room. There is a reason.
I need to spend some quality time this weekend thinking about this new batch of students I am getting. I have more below-grade level readers than I have ever had, and I need to do some reflecting on how to best meet their needs. I spent some time last week checking over my classroom library (MAN I have a lot of books!) and really did not find nearly enough books at the level these students are reading at, so I spent some time shopping on ebay and found a few sets of books to order. The first 3 of the 4 sets have arrived!
I am really hoping there are some books that will really capture their attention! The last set I am waiting for is probably the best--all cool science nonfiction stuff about carnivorous plants and other "awesome" topics. Hopefully they arrive tomorrow so I can finish reading and labeling them all!
I finally printed off my yearly plan and my list of "teaching ideas" is well underway. Here is a photo of page ONE! I like to do my planning for the first week or two of school in list format--I try to map out what I want to do and temporarily assign each to a day. I have done this teaching thing long enough, however, to know that sometimes your plans and the students' reality are not the same, so I like to be flexible with my plans. Having a list like this makes sure I get my stuff done but can adjust times and days easily.
So--off to work on adding to my plans, reading over the information I have on my students, and seeing how many pair of "school pants" I can still squeeze myself into. Starting Tuesday I am going to try to watch my food intake and get my body moving--my scale "tens place" went up AGAIN, and I need it to drop by 3 digits. My goal is to drop it 2 places by Halloween--so that's 11 pounds. Send me your positive energy.
Monday is my next post on All Things Upper Elementary and Wednesday is another "Real Life" math link up--so don't forget to be blogging about all the cool math things you are doing so you can link up! So. . . I'm thinking it's going to be a quiet weekend at home working on plans, making some meals for the freezer, and psyching myself up for next week! Hope all of you have a safe and fun holiday weekend!