Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Really Enjoying My New Fourth-Grade Class

I am really enjoying my new fourth-grade class. I am always amazed at the dynamics of a new class. It never ceases to amaze me how different 20 little students can be. I feel stronger this year...I find that I am more organized and, of course, that helps with classroom instruction.

I saw my last year's standardized test scores for my class. Tears came to my eyes. Tears of joy! I couldn't believe it. They said we could not do it, and here I was looking at Proficient and Advanced scores for almost my entire class! YES! I am SO proud of them! I am still floating on Cloud Nine. This tells me, that for the most part, I am doing the right thing, in spite of the old textbooks.

I found a really nice fourth-grade class web site. The teacher who governs the site is Mrs. Renz. (I am so jealous of her classroom. If I had a classroom like that, I would feel as if I had died and went to Heaven.) On the website there are several Teacher Resources. Just click on the 'Just For Teachers' button at the top of the page.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Teachers: Things To Do With Students On The First Day Back

Even though there are some advertisments in this video for Teachnology, the tips outlined are good and I was pleased to learn that I had accomplished all of the tips except for the color-coding idea. I could even add a few tips of my own that the video did not cover.