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Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Year's Resolution Linky Party

Yay!  My first post on my new blog!!! 


This will be my first year teaching third grade after many years of fourth and fifth grades.  I feel that this would be a good year to shake it up a bit and try new things while I am learning a new curriculum.

I would really like to find a way to give timely and effective student feedback.  I find myself bogged down with way too much student paperwork.  Our district adopted a spelling program a few years back, but I am not keen on all of the busy work that it entails. I also do not believe in memorizing a list of words for a test.   I fundamentally do no want to do this program this year. I am going to a Daily 5/ CAFE workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  It is my goal to implement what I learn this week into my classroom this fall.  Two of my coworkers use Daily 5 in their classrooms.

I am doing a Hollywood theme this year and I want to have the students use S.T.A.R. journal this year.  I am hoping to get someone to donate them.  I really don't want to have to buy them all myself, and students don't really have the money to provide many of their own school supplies in my district.

2 comments:

Keri Kelly

I can relate to your resolutions. Last year, I purchased a book about effective classroom feedback by Susan Brockhart. It helped a lot (some common sense stuff but achievable, too) It is an easy, inexpensive read!
Keri
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Mrs. D

A great modification to your spelling program might be Beth Newingham's word study that she discusses on her scholastic blog. Here is the link:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:y6wb3aTW434J:blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2010/10/my-november-top-ten-list-word-study-in-action.html+beth+newingham+word+study&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com