So, here's a few snapshots from the last two weeks...
Here I am two Sundays ago, presenting my "Signal Strength Bloom's Posters" while being one of sixteen teachers here in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill) to receive a Creative Freedom Award sponsored by Duke University. Here I am talking with some teachers and the representative from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Among the gifts that came with the award is a one year site license for my school for the electronic field trips to Colonial Williamsburg...among other things, the kids can write to John Adams and he will write them back.
This is the 2nd grade PLT that meets every Tuesday morning from 8:00-9:15 (while TA's cover their classes from 8:45-9:15) we have an opportunity to collaborate, monitor SMART goals, create assessments, and 95% of the time, answer the 4 essential questions (c/o the DuFours)...
What is it that we want students to know?
How will they show that they know it?
What will we do when they don't know it?
What will we do when they do?
And in other meeting...this one was our Best Service Meetings that we held all day on Friday with each grade level...as the name says, it's a meeting to determine eligibility for "the best service" for students in the most need of intervention. We meet with each grade level in the conference room, on their planning time, throughout the day.
With all the stress of the beginning of the year (although tomorrow starts week 5) my sweet hubby brought me this...a candy and card stuffed bouquet of flowers...isn't he the sweetest?
Oh, and here's what popped up when I entered "mCLASS implementation" into YouTube...
Does that tell you something? Seriously, like this is going to help me? Zero help right now is about where we're at with it...we have benchmarked, we have TRC'd, we have run a few reports and we think we're liking the Small Group Advisor and Item Advisor, but that's as far as we are....
This weekend I got to spend some time with my Mom, who actually lives in town, and we see regularly about once a week, but time with her is always special.
And these are the NEW Common Core Lucy Calkins Units of Study...they arrived literally on Friday afternoon, so tomorrow I get to label and distribute...who wants a writing workshop coach? So excited to begin book studies with this new series...we fought hard for these and they are finally here.
Needless to say, with all vast amount of assessing the interventionists have been doing the the last four weeks, we have not started reading groups (core or intervention) but when we do I'll be ready. I made myself a brand new set of Alphabet posters this year with clipart from a new designer I LOVE.
Here is a peek at the set...it's fresh off the laminator and stretched across my living room floor...
click on the image to see a preview
...I can't wait to hang it up in my room. If you're using it with Pre-K and K, I would put them up backwards and as you introduce each letter to students, have them guess what picture could be on the front. Then when you put it back up on the wall, they have an "anchor" for that letter. There are several other "goodies" in the set, so be sure to check it out.
And last, and definitely least, I have updated by profile picture, on this blog and my TeachersPayTeachers store in honor of the new "round" profile buttons that will be debuting on TpT tomorrow. My family said it was time to update, so you get a fresh me.