Classroom upgrade!

Today the new bookcases arrived! They were ordered this summer.  My students and I celebrated.  The simple pleasures in the life of an educator!

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First Day – Year 3

I couldn’t sleep last night and was super nervous today.  It was all good! I was just anxious to see my students on the first day of the 2016-17 school year.  I know that how you start the year is crucial.  So many thoughts were running through my mind about how I want to structure the lessons.  Mainly, how can it make it engaging and educational?

I am still teaching 7th and 8th grade reading (two classes of each).  This year will be my best ever!  I started each class today with students setting goals for the year.  I asked them to journal the following:  “The three positive things I expect to happen this year are________________.”  In just a few moments they were all able to easily list three things.

The majority of the responses were, I will:

  • listen and pay attention in class
  • make new friends
  • get better grades
  • respect my teacher
  • get sleep at night
  • come to school on time
  • promote to 9th grade
  • do better on tests

It was refreshing to have so many students acknowledge what they positively needed to happen to have a successful year.  The best part is – I did not have to TELL them – they TOLD me!

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My nerves have calmed down and I am looking forward to DAY 2 – tomorrow.