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Two Writing Teachers
My oldest daughter landed a job (hooray!) and will work next week, but this week is all about small errands, friends, reading and rest for the three of us. My husband is happy to head off to work - he can't deal with too much unstructured time.
Since I've had more time to relax, I've spent more time on Twitter (I'm @ReadSoMuch) with my Personal Learning Network. When people ask how that works, I tell them it's all about who you follow, and what you are looking for.
I'm looking for lots of ideas for my resource room and school reading community...
- read alouds
- organizational tips (!)
- ways to engage kids (and teachers) in reading
- how not to be overwhelmed by the Common Core State Standards
Now that I've had more time to research and dig into many tweets and blog posts, my mind is bursting with ideas. The challenge I have is organizing (!) these ideas and figuring out how to best implement them.
Some of my plans for the beginning of the school year:
- Bring my books from home (labeled with levels and organized (mostly!) into book boxes) and reboot my classroom library
- Ask teachers to share pictures of themselves from elementary school along with a book cover of their favorite read - this will share our "reading lives" (even if we were reluctant readers) with our students
- Use Evernote instead of a planner (but I will miss writing with my colorful pens!) to keep track of team meetings
- Journal many times during the week to empty my brain of stress and great ideas I want to capture
I'm happy to have plans, but I'm not stressing myself about any of them. My plan is to avoid the back-to-school nightmares and ease into my 13th year of teaching.