So excited to join Saturday Celebrations with Ruth Ayres!
It is fun to live my week thinking about what I will celebrate on Saturday!
Today's post is a bit delayed because I moved this morning. Not a big move, but still it took a bit of time. My son complains that I live in every bedroom in the house. He's right, so this morning I moved my school stuff out of the guest bedroom in preparation for a holiday visit from him and his wife. I believe there's a definite psychological benefit to my practice of living in each bedroom - they look a lot less empty when I put some of my stuff in them!
One - I finally started teaching the signposts to my 6th graders. A group of colleagues read Notice and Note in a book club over the summer. This week I introduced Contrasts and Contradictions, and the Aha Moment. I can't wait for book clubs next week to hear my students apply these strategies to the Mock Newbery books they are reading.
Two - I celebrate all the teachers who have enriched my students' love for books through sharing wonderful books with them. A mentor text for one of our signpost lessons came from Crash by Jerry Spinelli. Many of my students fondly remembered this book that was read to them by an elementary school teacher.
Three - One of my students left his copy of Counting by 7s in the classroom. Since book clubs meet on Tuesday, I knew he needed the book over the weekend. I called his house to see if someone wanted to pick it up. When I met the dad at the front door of the school, he offered to lead the book discussion on Tuesday (freeing me up to rotate among the four groups who'll be meeting that day). He'll be our first dad to lead a book club. I love it when my students have male role models for the reading life!
Four - We celebrated with an assembly, the holiday concert, on Friday. Shortened class periods and the opportunity to listen to our band, choir, and orchestra added a new lilt to the usual Friday excitement.
Five - Teachers don't get corporate lunches or business dinners. But this week, notes from students and gifts like this started appearing in my classroom. I'm a lucky teacher!