It is always about this time of the year that I’m trying to remain in one world – the world of today, these last 20 days of school, with these students.
But – my mind always wanders to NEXT year… How can I do things better next year? Change this arrangement? Amp up this lesson? Remember to do this!
I’ve agreed to tutor 2 students over the summer – so I’m also in that planning mode. Pinterest has become my best friend. It is always nice to find new ways of reviewing and remediation of the same subject matter. I even created a separate board for tutoring.
I’ve also started doing some research for how to better help my struggling readers. All of my teacher friends know that sometimes – no matter how many tricks we have up our sleeve – we can feel at a loss trying to reach a child where he or she is. I’ve seen so much growth with my kids this year, and being intrinsically competitive, I’d like to have more tricks (more growth) for next year. So I bumped up my latest amazon order to free shipping with this book – I’ll let you know how it is.
We have moved into survival mode in my classroom and we are trying new things to keep us engaged and following classroom procedures. We recently starting creating our own daily schedules. She saw it in another teacher’s classroom and it is great to make this progress with personalized learning.
Check out my mentor’s blog about this:
I’m so glad we started it! The students have so much ownership in their schedule and their work. The students are practicing being first graders by working more independently, and having only one teacher available to help, while I pull small groups to help or assess for the end of the year.
So if you’re like me -straddling the line between this year and next…
Between days like this