I got Riffed from my Title I/ESL position and got called back with little time to spare to another school, where I got to pick third grade, which isn't my favorite.
Turns out, someone else wanted third, so I got to switch with her and teach first grade. First grade was my very first teaching assignment and so I am now back to it. I LOVE first grade.
It's been quite an adjustment and of course I don't have near the materials now that I did when I taught first grade before so it's been interesting trying to find things that I like to teach with and I have also bought tons of things on TPT to aid in the journey.
Now testing month has begun. Seems the only thing I will really do this month is assess, assess, assess................Yikes!! When will I get to do my guided reading groups again??
The weather has been awful and we've had FIFTEEN snow days this year. My kiddos missed a lot of instruction in those three weeks and now I'm testing on the stuff that would have been taught then.
But the bright side is: I have a job and I am teaching at a grade level that I truly enjoy. I'm counting my blessings for sure.
So, I apologize for my absence and I will be back to hopefully blogging regularly and maybe even more regularly than before.
I've been reading About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland and trying to implement the ideas for writer's workshop but I know I am not doing it perfectly. Will tweak this for next year for sure. My students do LOVE making books but I need to work more on doing the mini-lessons and conferences. Right now I am "doing" writer's workshop but the components need some more thought and creativity.
How is your writer's workshop going this year? What mini-lessons do you find to be most useful or beneficial?