Monday, October 14, 2013

Beginning of the School Year and Routine Set-Up Part 2

Good Grief, is fall break ever coming to come! It’s been a rough start to fourth grade at our school this year. Lots and lots of drama. You’d think it’d be the kids, but it’s mainly the parents talking among each other (gossiping) and repeating second and third hand accounts of events that their students were not involved in. Be praying for my babies and for my team, we just don’t know how else to handle these parent issues (that need to stay out of the classroom). L But enough of that, let’s get on with the show.

            We finally finished our review unit on paragraphs. Some students totally rocked this paragraph. They included all the important pieces: thesis statement (topic sentence), supporting details, and a conclusion. The pictures will come, I promise. I’ll post them as soon as I finish my bulletin for Evidence of Learning Night. Some of my dear friends have some work to do. We have a lot of friends who are struggling this year. (Borderline below or already below grade level) Oh well, we just really need to emphasize and work on those strategy groups this year more than ever. If anyone has any suggestions or resources you can point me to that would be fabulous. (Anything on writing or spelling would be fantastic.)

            We’ve continued to work on our Daily 3. We even did a short exercise on resources and pulling information from books to support our writing and answers. I think they have somewhat of a handle on it. We shall see during their assessments. Here are some pics of my friends in action.


            And on a final note, I have a new product on the works. I am developing a packet for a writing unit—descriptive writing. I will be writing about it and showing sample work of my test run in the classroom. I hope to post the product on my store by the end of next week (I am still editing and making it pretty). I'm hoping the more frequent posting maintains as a trend on my neck of the woods. Until next time, keep up the fabulous work you do in your classrooms. No monkeying around. Those kids are so blessed to have each and every one of you in their lives. Keeping you in my prayers!

 Miss Molina

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beginning of the School and Routine Set-up Part 1

          Oh my goodness, I cannot believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted. I feel like I’ve abandoned some of you. I’ve tried my hardest to post, but I guess that didn’t work out so well. I pray that this school year it is different. So here we going. (Be warned it’s going to be wordy and full of pictures.)

            I totally goofed and didn’t take pictures of my classroom set up at the beginning of the school year. So I’m just going to post pictures from last year’s set up. It is very similar to this year’s.

            This year the whole fourth grade team has decided to have a common theme—Around the World. I had purchased a Kids around the World bulletin board a while back, and yay, I finally got a chance to use it. I was able to tie it in nicely with our character trait for the months of August and September.
            On a different note, I began my year focused on using assessments to guide instruction. I had been using it some last year, but over the summer (as I blog stalked) I came across several posts by YoungTeacherLove on standards based grading. If you have not dropped by her blog, I suggest you do. I also got my shop on and purchased several of her resources to give me a heads start on my assessment based grading and instruction. Here are some links to some of the resources I’ve really found it beneficial.

            We started our Daily 3 and Writer’s Workshop strong. The kids are loving the Read to Self piece of Daily 3. They went book shopping (see pictures) and are full into building stamina. We will be introducing Word Work on Friday (woohoo!). Then we did a review on the format of a paragraph. We had a serious conversation about what is a paragraph and what is paragraph format. Then we completed a Stoplight Paragraph. I recalled a post I came across on the internet and used the craft the teacher included in her post. They came out so cute. I’ll try to post some pictures on the second part of this post.

            I am going to wrap up my post with my currently poster. I am linking to Farley’s linky party for the month of October. I’ll explain each statement below the picture.

                        Listening: To Full Metal Alchemist—I’ve always been into anime and the Asian culture. I am getting my fix by listening to my show while blogging and working on some lesson plans.
                        Loving: My Erin Condren Lesson Plan Book. This lesson plan book is the most fantastic thing on earth. I’ve been wondering how I survived teaching without one.

                        Thinking: About next week’s lesson plans. I need to keep up with my lessons planning this year. I have a wedding to attend and I’ve been selected for an accreditation team later in the school year. Planning ahead will be crucial for when I begin requesting subs.

                        Wanting: Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte. I am addicted to Starbuck’s seasonal lattes. My kids know this and I’ve had lots of treats from them. You won’t hear me complaining.

                        Needing: A Personal Assistant & Trainer. OH MY GOODNESS, the paperwork just keeps piling up. I also need to continue working out if I want to be able to fit into my dress for the wedding I’m attending.

                        Trick: SmartSeat App. This app is fabulous. You can do seating charts, take attendance, and it will even do random selection for any games. If you have access to an iPad, I suggest you look into it. Here is a link.

            I guess I’ll give more information on part 2 of this post. And of course, I’ll include some more pictures of student samples. Until next time!!!


Miss Molina