I’ve been doing a lot of reading the past few days. Reading is good – I love it – I model loving it in my classroom. My life would not be the same without reading. Why do I love it so much? Aside from the entertainment aspect? Reading causes you to think. Reading causes you to consider something from another stand point. Reading can strengthen your beliefs – or cause a “come to Jesus” moment with them.
As I am preparing to start a new school year, I am reflecting on last year. What would I like to do the same? What would I like to change? I’ve made some organizational and arrangement changes already to create a more open, collaborative working environment for my students. And I’m having my own “come to Jesus” moments about homework and behavior management (Bye bye stop light system). The two links below are still reeling in my brain.
“Behavior Management”: not systems, but relationships
Be Brave: The Only Rule in My Kindergarten Class
I’ve blogged before about my journey into Personalized Learning in my classroom. Now more than ever – I’m seeking value in everything I do in my classroom. I want to continue creating a strong community of learners and thinkers. One aspect of Personalized Learning is a Code of Cooperation. The class works together to create expectations – not rules – for the year. Being the book worm I am – I’m compiling a list of read alouds to help in our process. I hope to read different books throughout our first week together, discuss the books, and then create our code.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is, and always will be, a first day of school read aloud – no matter what grade I teach. It allows for discussions of friendship, self esteem, and courage.
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill is second on the “must read” list for every year. Students love the rhythm of the words – and gives a jump off point for talking about bullies, equity, and friendship.
The following are options for discussing fairness in the classroom and the idea that fair does not always mean the same.
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Kahn (link to read online!)
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry… by Molly Bang
One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogrian
To tie in empathy, I turn back to Kevin Henkes (love him!)
And for safety, I like to have Gloria’s help
My #kinderchat tweeps have been discussing #brave as our theme for this year. Do you dare?