This week was my second week with my kiddos and I still think they are adorable. They are such a sweet group of kids and I have got to admit that makes my life easier, and teaching so much more enjoyable. They are still learning the procedures and expectations of our classroom, but they are picking it up very quickly.
We started Math Workshop this week. It is my first time using Math Workshop in my classroom, but it is going well. The kids enjoy moving around to different centers, and I am enjoying working with a small group of kiddos. I only have 50 min for math, so I am still trying to get the timing down. I am thinking about adding a fourth rotation and having the kids do two rotations a day instead of three. That will give us more time at each station. My low/middle kids could really use the extra time. The only thing I don't like about that is the fact that I wouldn't see all my kids every day. Any suggestions for me?
We also started Writing Workshop this week. I had the students write down on the first page of their notebook things that make things that make them who they are. They jotted down lots of ideas. Then, because of this pin on Pinterest. I had the kids trace and decorate their hands with things about themselves.
It was a nice "easy" way to get them to generate ideas without needing to write paragraphs. Anyone else's kids still in summer mode when it comes to writing?
We also taught each other about the five areas of social studies to kick off our socials studies unit for the year. If you missed my post on Thursday, you can read more about this activity here.
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What have you been up to this week? How do you motivate your students?