Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 thoughts on First Day of School

It's the beginning of the school year and I am SO EXCITED for several reasons:

  • We are so luckey to be in a profession where we always get a new beginning. ....and every year we get better, stronger, faster! (a small allusion to the lovely  Summer Olympics..) 
  • There is so much great stuff coming our way this year! 
  • I get to work with the amazing EIPS teachers again. 

Despite my excitement, I do realize that we are at the beginning of the school year and so time is commodity. So, without further ado, here are some of my Beginning-of-The-Year musings:

  1.  As I start the school year, I like to revisit Richard Allington's work on reading. He lists the elements for great literacy teaching. Simple. Proven. Cheap.

Link to Doc

2. I'm always searching for activities for the nerve-wracking First Day of School. I enjoyed reading these posts and you may as well....

3. The Read Aloud. This is kind of an extension of the Allington quote....but I don't think the reading aloud of a novel, story, newspaper article to a class can be emphasized enough as an awesome  First Day of School activity... and and an activity for every day after that! Here are some Read Aloud Resources/Suggestions  you may find useful:

4. For a little inspriation, I always love watching (and re-watching) these Twelve Must Watch TED Talks for Teachers.

5. And finally, I think about literacy goals for our students...and I wonder Could a Literacy Goal be this Simple? 

I wish you all a great Back-to-School and look forward to working with you this year! Please don't hesitate to drop me a line!

What do you think about and/or plan for as the first day of school approaches? 


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