Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
July has come and gone, and August begins today. Those were my first thoughts upon waking this morning: July is gone, here comes August…here comes the new school year! Even though I have three more weeks of Summer vacation stretching out before me – somehow, the moment I see August on the calendar, I think about Room 202 and the kids who will be walking in.
July is for dreaming…August is for planning to make those dreams come true; here are some July dreams:
*carving out more time for students to share what they have been reading with each other. My summer book club has been so much fun – lots of reading, and lots of talking about the different books we’ve read and how they have impacted us as readers. I want to give my students a chance to do this, too.
*opening up our reading journals to new ways to experiment with reading responses. For my summer book club and the PD book groups I participated in, I deliberately experimented with sketch noting and a few other forms of responding to both fiction and nonfiction. I want to make time to share these with my new students, and to brainstorm with them for ideas they will undoubtedly also have. It’s time to have more response options in reading workshop!
*our soft start of the day was such a success, that I want to experiment by bookending our block of time (three periods) with a soft closing as well, just to give my sixth graders an opportunity to end their time in our classroom in a calm way as well.
*designing a short unit on “how to think like a historian” before we go on to examine the historical time frame mandated by our curriculum. My friend Julieanne shared this link with me:http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh, and now I am more excited than ever about opening our year with this unit.
*creating a history blog, so that we are writing about the events we’re learning about, and carrying on with our class discussions after time to think/do some independent research. This is a work in progress, but that’s what August is for.
*a graphic novel book club. I think it’s time for this!
I have a few more dreams up my sleeve, but the above seems quite enough to get through for the moment. After all, three weeks is not that long of a time to make all of those July dreams come true!