I am a horrible blogger during the school year. It just slips to the bottom of my priority list. No excuses! I do want to share some highs and lows of this year, though.
This has been my first year in 4th grade and I L.O.V.E. it! I was really apprehensive at the beginning of the year, but I am so glad I made the move. My team is fabulous and the age is perfect for me.
Do you remember all the great ideas I had this summer? Do you wonder how they worked out?
This is one of the best things I have done this year. The kids love it. It really works as a classroom management tool. I am going to dedicate an entire post about how my classroom economy has evolved this year in the next few days.
I have found an awesome tool that I want to share now. It is called MyKidsBank.org. It is a FREE fake online bank that you can set up for your class. It is amazing! The students really feel like they have an official account.
|This is a screenshot of what my view of their account looks like. It is very user friendly.|
We relied heavily on our STAR binders the first semester, but then it tapered off. I won't be using them next year. It was an unnecessary expense. I will encourage all my students to use a binder to organize their papers, but we will be mostly using folders, which are on their school supply lists.
Turning in Papers
So this is something that never happened. I do want to give this another try next year. I didn't make this a student job, so it was never taken care of. Oh well. I do use the baskets for the kids to turn their work in daily. I won't be using the clips. Too much work.
These signals have been wonderful! I will always use them. When a student has to use the restroom during silent work, they just raise their hand and show me the sign. I nod at them and they quietly leave the room. No big deal. No distractions for the rest of the class. Perfect!
Whole Brain Teaching
I started the year off strong with WBT, but I didn't stick with it. It is a work in progress, but I still love it when I use it. WBT increases student participation and retention of concepts being taught. Hopefully one day I will use it the way it should be used.
These have been a life saver! Now I don't have to scramble on student birthdays. I will be doing this every year!
I will be posting soon about:
- working on an iPad proposal for 1:1 next year (I want it more than anything!)
- the awesomeness of Edmodo
- our enjoyment of EduCreations
- some great technology resources I have found and used this year
- evolution of my classroom economy
- my lesson plan journey