May 28, 2011
I just love the blog Littlest Learners. Have you seen it before? The writer is AMAZING. She has tons of creative ideas and is the absolute queen of organization. And now she is hosting her first linky party…a Summer To Do List Linky Party.
2. Continue labeling/organizing my ever-expanding classroom library. I focused on the leveled section a lot this year and shared it here on the blog. I held off sharing the genre section because it’s still a work in progress.
Right now, my car is slowly being filled with books that need to be labeled this summer.
3. Reorganize my math games library. I want to create new labels (they need an update). I’m also going to give the lower-level games to my sister (we don’t really use them anymore) and shift the manipulatives to the pink and yellow baskets, so they’re out and easy to grab.
5. Develop my own calendar math. Our school has used calendar math in the past, but I need something that ties in more with Everyday Math and has a strong emphasis on multiplication facts. I want to make it tie in with the units we’re learning, but cycle back to older skills (and incorporate more basic skills too, for my ELL students with limited formal schooling).
This will be a tough one…
6. Choose the design scheme for my room! I think I will stick with the blues because I love my lamps and the kids really like blue (both boys and girls). But I might choose a different shade of contact paper for the desks and tables this year.
7. Work on my classroom blog. I had a pretty good classroom blog going this year, but now I want to redesign it and try out some new ideas. I have a few things planned with screen capture videos (like the video tutorials I’ve posted here) but for my students. More on that soon…
8. Take all of our grade level expectations and translate them into kid-friendly kid objectives for my lessons. And find a way to display them easily. I don’t have a pic for that (yet!).
9. Develop our Word Detectives into more of a set unit/program within our class. I started it late, but it worked GREAT. Even my newest ELL students remembered some more difficult spelling patterns (like -tion) on a recent assessment. But it could be better if I tweak it.
And I have an idea to make it go tech, which I’ll be sharing soon.
10. Design more blogs!!
11. Go to the mountains!!
I just can’t wait! We have 14 more days with the students. Let’s just say I’m reeeeally looking forward to blogging and planning while drinking coffee in comfy clothes–I promise to share anything and everything I work on!!
And while we’re thinking summer vacation…do you know of any contraptions that help you see your laptop outside in the sun??