I'm joining Ms. M's Blog for a linky on four things I am going to try new in the classroom for the upcoming school year.
1. 7 Habits of Happy Kids
I just found this book by Sean Covey out in blog land and LOVE IT! I am planning to start the year with it. There are several great resources on TPT – many free!
2. New 3rd Grade Team and Switching for Math Class
I have taught third grade before, but this will be the first time I have changed grades in this district. It means a new room, a new building and a whole new team. I know most of the third grade teachers, but have worked with few of them. I am excited about returning to the older grades, but also nervous that kids have changed a great deal in 8 years and I hope that am as comfortable in third as I was before. It will also be new for me to switch students for math class. The 7 or 8 sections will regroup the kids in to more heterogeneous groups to better meet student needs. It will be a challenge for me to give up my kiddos!
- Reader Response Journals - I have attempted to use reader response journals in the past, but I really think they are critical with the new CORE standards and our state assessments.
- 3rd Grade State Assessments – I have never taught third grade when it has been a testing grade. I have experience from 4th grade when it was the first testing grade, so hopefully this will help.
- Daily 5 and CAFÉ in 3rd Grade – I have loved using D5r and CAFÉ in first grade and look forward to trying it with older students. The funny thing is, I shared D5 and CAFÉ with teachers and it caught like wildfire in the building I will be moving to, where I was the only person using it in my building.
4. Brag Tags
I debating about adding these to my classroom. I saw them on the First Grade Parade a while ago. I have found it increasingly difficult to motivate students, as they become over-tested, the pace of curriculum doe not always allow for real learning, and technology fads have influenced our classroom so drastically (wow I guess I have been around for a while!) I think these may be the key to give students a sense of accomplishment. I really dislike reward systems, but maybe it will be a helpful addition to the classroom.
Have a happy 4th! I’ll be back tomorrow with my Daily 5 Book Study response.