Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Classroom Favorites

It's always fun for me at the beginning of the year. I know some of you may be laughing, but I am one of those teachers who stalks the Target workers to see when all the school supplies come out. I LOVE pretty things for my desk. I mean let's face it, you are using these things every.single.day they should at least be cute, right?!?!  Well today I wanted to blog about some of my favorites from Chandra over at C. Jayne Teach. I have ordered from her twice and have been very happy with everything that I have received!

This notepad on the right is the most genius thing ever... there are FOUR sections for FOUR lists. I mean what more could you ask for? For me, this is great because I keep a to do list for my college specialists classes, blog/TPT, home, and classroom. It helps me stay organized and not have post it notes stuck everywhere! I also love this clipboard. I almost don't want to put anything on it :)

These conference forms are amazing, and you can just rip one off and put it in your teacher binder or lesson plans. Her website actually has the colored ones now, which I think are even better! I also love this little folder. I am thinking this one may be for my lesson plans that we have to leave at our front door!

I also bought this adorable folder, and I am going to put all of my student data in it. This adorable notepad is great if you have to send little ones to the office, nurse, or another classroom. Oftentimes, our sweet k-2 babies can't relay a message very well. This notepad is perfect for that!

What are you waiting for?!?! Go visit Chandra's website and get your pretty things now!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Literature Groups

This year, I tried something a little different with my sweets. We tried a few different ways to complete literature circles. Every student read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I gave them chapters to read by a certain date (ex. read chapters 2 and 3 by Thursday the 2nd). In their spare time, during daily five, or after assignments they could read the chapters. We held discussions on Tuesdays or Thursdays (sometimes both) and the students discussed what they read.

Most often, I created a question sheet that the students used to lead their discussion. This was good, but sometimes their discussions weren't as engaging. Some times, the students had time to write their questions/comments on a note card, and they brought it to their discussion circle. They seemed to like this better, and it was interesting to see what they wrote. :)

 Discussion circles did change, and every student had time to speak. Sometimes they used these little signs I found in the dollar spot, other times I selected a leader to choose who spoke first.

 I was very happy with the outcome of the literature circles. The students begged for more, however I didn't have another full classroom set of novels. I could see this being used in small groups too, on their levels for differentiation. Maybe each group has a book to read during their literature circle time. I think that will be my next adventure. If you try literature circles, please let me know how they go!

Happy Summer!