Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A New Year with New Goals 2015

And that's a wrap 2014! It sure has been an amazing year for me and my students. So much has happened this year, and I am so excited to embark into the new year of 2015! I am super excited to link up with Stephanie at Mrs. D's Corner to share my upcoming goals for 2015! Here we go!

Personal: Well, as many of you may have found out through my excessive pictures and posts on Instagram, I am now engaged to the love of my life. We are planning to get married this June! Josh is finishing up pharmacy school this April and will start medical school this summer. We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives together, and I feel SO blessed that God gave me Josh. 

Professional: I am super lucky to have the privilege to attend monthly assessment literacy trainings that are really digging into the true reason/process of developing and creating assessments. I am learning A TON, and I am even able to bring this knowledge back to my colleagues at my school. I am excited to continue to attend these meetings and try out my own units using the WHOLE assessment process taking into consideration high quality summative and formative assessments. 

Planning: I want to get ahead! This year is going to be so crazy busy with wedding planning, showers, teaching, and oh yeah.... getting married. As a result, I want to make sure I plan ahead and have all my hands on centers ready for my kiddos so they are ready to go when my personal life gets super busy. I am going to try to dedicate one weekend to this and get all of this printing an laminating done!

Organizing: This has already begun, but I want to continue to organize all of our wedding receipts, invites, RSVPs, etc. I have started a few excel spreadsheets to keep track of addresses, emails, RSVPS, budget concerns, etc. But, I want to make sure I stay on top of this so Josh and I stay true to our budget and have everything organized and ready for the best day of our lives! 

Students: I am so proud of my students. Right before Christmas break, my third graders took their multiplication test! They did SO well. I am so proud and convinced that about 95% of my students understand the true meaning of multiplication. I really think this is because my third grade team taught our Everyday Math multiplication unit intertwined with what we call an "ILC." What this means is we picked three strategies, and we targeted them hard core with our kiddies, and we developed activities to reinforces these strategies. This targeted, specific instruction seemed so crucial and powerful! With this deep understanding mastered, it feels like the right time to switch our fact practice from addition/subtraction to multiplication and division. They are going to be so excited:-) 

Motto: "These are your shoes, enjoy every minute you are in them!" This past year, I have witnessed so many people get bogged down in the everyday shenanigans in life, and I really think we all need to take a step back to enjoy our lives. God has given us so much, and these blessings are something we need to be aware of. Personally, I want to do a better job of recognizing these blessings and being thankful despite challenges that of course will arise! 

Merry Christmas Friends! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Festivities!

Hi friends!
I am back to share some of our third grade fun that has been going on in Room 24! With the holidays quickly approaching, we have been doing many hands on activities to keep the students engaged in their learning! I will be back soon to share our Christmas happenings, but this week I am going to share with you our Thanksgiving activities.

It all started with an activity that I absolutely love. Our classroom motto is "when you walk into our classroom, you are part of a family." We did an adorable community building activity in which each student was given a leaf to write his or her Thanksgiving family tradition on. Then, each student got to come up to the front of the class and share his/her tradition with the class. Together, we created our own turkey with our different leaves! The kids loved it, and it was a great opportunity to discuss how each of our families and traditions are unique, but that we still can come together as one big family! It also was really fun to watch the students strut their stuff to the front of the classroom and share their traditions. They loved telling the class, and it was so interesting to hear all the different traditions. We sure are an amazingly diverse group!

The kids also loved our Thanksgiving ELA activities. I absolutely love the story Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. We studied this book in great detail through sequencing, comparing and contrasting, describing characters, and through describing cause and effect representations. Check out these adorable 3rd grade Common Core aligned activities that go along with the book. You can find them here! 

 And of course, we had to do some fun pumpkin pie tasting during the Thanksgiving season! We practiced the steps of the scientific method through answering the investigation question "Can you tell the difference between tasting a homemade and store bought pumpkin pie?"

And the verdict was... yes. Yes, you can tell the difference! At least, my kiddos could! I love of all the Not so Wimpy's activities. You can find this one here!

And last but not least, we reviewed our multiplication models with these adorable turkeys! The kids absolutely adored this activity!

It's almost Christmas!!
Have a great rest of your week!