Well here it is summer again and I look back at when I blogged last time and realize-- I am so slack! How do these amazing teachers keep up with school, planning, families and a blog during the school year?. Maybe I just don't know how to organize my time. Well, all I know, it is summer time and once again -- I blog. I use this time to rejuvenate, think, reflect and plan for the next year. I love summer time!!!
So this year I am changing from self contained to ELA and Social Studies. This is fine as I am always trying to perfect my ELA strategies. I implemented the Daily Five last year and loved it. It was more of a Daily 3-- with an emphasis on Independent reading, Word study and Writing. Also I read the book, The Book Whisperer . There is a book study on this book on another blog at this time, and it was fantastic. I will be reading it again so that when school starts, I am implementing those Ideas. I am getting ready to read Teach like a Pirate. I am excited about this book -- I usually start off the year really well, and then by February, I get grouchy. Perhaps this book will give me some strategies that I can use to keep up the energy through the end of May. :)
My big project this summer is to come up with a plan to teach the common core and fit it into my social studies units so that students will see connections. I would also like to incorporate DBQ's this year (Document based Questions) becasue that seems to be an awesome way to incorporate Common core, Social studies and writing. I am exciterd for what the new year will bring!
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Apparantly I was deleted for SPAM. I don't sell anything. I don't endorse any specific products, nor do I have the capability to invade anyone else's blog or email with SPAM. I don't even EAT SPAM. So I am at a loss. The only thing I can think of is I made someone mad with a comment I made about a certain website that sells teacher's products. Or perhaps they didn't like me referring to a WiKi site I had created that listed free resources for teachers who were using Daily Five activities in their class. Is that SPAM?? Who knows. I am so glad the "blogger police" can delete a WHOLE account for a few comments made when there are whole entire blogs dedicated to nudity, profanity and other filth that are allowed to remain on line.