Today I am going to link up with the lovely Ms. M for her 4 on the Fourth linky party!
For this party, we need to talk about four things we are going to try this year - brand new stuff!
This is timely for me because during my ESL grad class yesterday, I got bored and started making a list of all the new stuff I want to implement! It was longer than four things but I will pick my four favoritos. :)
(1) I want to do writer's workshop this year. Last year I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and doing my best teaching writing, but I know it wasn't as good as it could have been. I just finished No More "I'm Done!" and it was awesome. This combined with Mrs. Meacham's writing workshop lessons is hopefully going to equal happiness in my life next year. :)
(2) I want to expand my calendar routine to incorporate some of the Teacher Tipster's ideas to make it more well-rounded and comprehensive. I also want to move my calendar routine to the afternoon since I teach math at that time!
(3) I want my class to fill out their planners/assignment notebooks first thing in the morning next year. It seems like a little change but I think it will be a big difference in the day. Last year I would have them do it right before dismissal and it was a mess every day. Now I'll know that everyone has the right information and parents will know exactly what's expected of their kiddos!
(4) I want to forego my weekly newsletter to parents. It was a lot of work and stressed me out every Friday! Instead, I already set up a Tumblr page for our class to update parents on spelling words and upcoming events, and I'm going to implement News Notebooks in my class. Hopefully I'll write more about that once the school year starts - if it's going well, that is!
I have a really good feeling that this upcoming year is going to be, like, 8492749832 times better than this past year. My confidence is super high and I feel unstoppable!! :)