The first three days went great! I did feel a big difference in a class size of 33 kids and counting, compared to my average 17 at Westside, though! I also felt exhausted after normally getting out by 2:25 and now we stay until 4:00. The afternoon is three hours long without a true break (other than brain and body breaks) which is .... well, LONG. But I imagine time will fly once we get into the curriculum. GVE has a lot of great teachers with high energy, and my fourth graders are really bright and mature, so it's easy to want to come to school every day!
A few pics of some the things in my classroom...
I may not have a SMART Board, but I have a projector, doc camera, macbook, and ipad. I'll take it!
Sometimes I crack myself up.
Painter's tape schedule... note how LONG our day is... but it's for the better.
We added b'day cake glyphs on the second day of school which I forgot to take a pic of.
Team incentives--10 links earns prize box for the team.
My Eric Carle Grouchy Ladybug from Holly (Cookie, my other ladybug is on my ladybug table which was a blurry picture so I didn't post!)
A new way of taking attendance--kids remove clip with their # on it and add it to the bucket. We shall see if this beats me taking 30 seconds just to call everyone's name, lol.
This was written on the back of a girl's paper when we were working on the Heart Maps activity (which I also forgot to take a picture of).
Mrs. Sayre actually gave up control of writing the rules and let children do it/sign the agreement.
All of the first day of school supplies. Wow!
When asked what their #1 goal is for the school year, this is what I got from one kid.
Me too, buddy, me too.
I totally think it's important for me to know that this student is, in fact, a football.
Will continue to post more... forgot to take a picture of the room as a whole, will do soon!