First Month of Teaching Reflection

Our main meeting area with our Reading table. Books students want to share are placed on the table and shared with the class!

Ahhh September has come and gone and now we’re almost exactly a month into the school year! I feel like I always have a 100 things to do but I know we are making progress. The start of the school year has been great! I must say that I have been blessed with the most wonderful group of students. They are patient, kind and eager to learn, all good qualities for a group of students and a new teacher.

During the past month we have:

– Built a great community of learners. We meet every morning to share our news from our lives. We continue chatting throughout the day sharing our thoughts and learning.

– We have begun our blogging journey on our classroom kidblog account. The quality of posts will continue to improve as the students writing and comfort level improves. I cannot say enough how writing for an audience and getting feedback is working to motivate my students. I am also trying to practice what I preach and continue blogging. (They will be seeing this post tomorrow morning!)

– We have started Tweeting out our learning and questions to connect with other students across the globe. (@rvsgr4)

Our “Tweet Wall”. Students send out a Tweet on their sticky. We then type them out and send them out!

– Students have documented their learning by writing and taking pictures of their work. They express themselves in a number of ways throughout the day.

– Our Thinking Books have been a huge hit!

A doodle in a students Thinking Book while listening to “The One and Only Ivan”.

– We have Skyped with a class in Ontario to learn about their neck of the woods in Canada.

– We have started participating in the Global Read a loud project. We are currently reading “The One and Only Ivan”. A powerful story about friendship, art and animal rights.  We are Skyping on a weekly basis with a classroom in Edina, Minn, USA to discuss the book!

– We are constantly reading in our classroom and sharing what we are reading with our classmates. (Every child has volunteered to read a book out loud to the class).

– We went on our first field trip to Kids at Play in Altona! What a blast!

– We even had our first SNOW DAY!

– We have painted and created in a number of different mediums.

Artwork inspired by “The Dot” By Peter Reynolds

– We started #Youmatter Fridays where we acknowledge and thank important people in our lives. Tomorrow we are doing a lesson on the importance of treating others with kindness and care.

– We started our MATH station rotations. Yes, my students actually cheered when I told I was going to try out MATH stations. So far.. so good!

At the Hands on Challenge station students were challenged to build with base 10 blocks and add up all the units in their buildings.

Those are just a few of the things we have done this past month. I am sure I have forgotten a few things but I can say that it has been fantastic and I can’t wait to see where the next month of school takes us! Thinking of trying out parts of #WhatIWrite and  #NaNoWriMo.

 

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4 thoughts on “First Month of Teaching Reflection

  1. It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic first month of school. I love the variety of the activities that you’ve listed, and I’m sure that the students are really engaged by what you’ve shared. Now that the school year has progressed, what do you find yourself continuing to do? What have you changed? I’d love to hear more about what’s going on in your amazing classroom!

    Aviva

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