Second year PBL facilitator in a fourth grade, 1:1 classroom. Midwest native, word nerd, trivia junkie, and outfit blogger.

 

I haven’t shared much from my room this year (and it seems like this is barely an education blog some days). I have a lot of photos that I need to post, but I thought today I’d share my small group area.

One of my favorite things to see here on tumblr and other blogs is rooms actually functioning and getting a feel for how others structure things 

This is where I spend the majority of my day. I meet with reading groups here during my 90 minute reading block and, though I’ve had to structure my math block differently this year, I also meet with differentiated math groups here in the afternoon. 

Since it’s where I sit during most of the day, I moved my phone over there this year, and it’s one of the best choices I’ve made in terms of structural changes. So much easier than running to my desk, which I never sit at during the school day.

When students are called back to my table, they begin on a “Do Now” (usually it’s to correct a sentence or solve a math problem). This gives them time to settle in and lets me circulate to make sure my other students are on task and working independently. We review that, go through a mini-lesson, and complete any tasks that are the docket for the day. Some days it’s more collaborative and I just observe or facilitate and other days I’m directly teaching basic skills or vocabulary- typically it depends on where we are in a topic. The anchor charts are made together and reviewed and they create a mini-version for their math/reading interactive notebooks.

The shelves are where I keep files that contain the week’s papers and any other things I may need for that week. The “Objective” and “You Need” are fairly self-explanatory and we review those as a whole class at the beginning of our block, during which I also give a brief preview of what we’ll be doing at my table, as well as the list of independent tasks for the day (their time to ask questions and for me to clarify things). 

Let me know if you have any questions about how I do things if you’re interested! This is just a glimpse into my 1:1, PBL classroom, so feel free to check out my eduPD folder from this summer for more information on how I structure my units and reading/math block.

My step-brother passed away this morning from a brain tumor. He had been suffering for quite some time.

We were not terribly close - we were both mostly grown when our parents married and didn’t grow up together, but we got along and saw each other during the holidays and other occasions. 

This will be hard on my family, and my parents in particular. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

smartgirlsattheparty:

quirkbooks:

Banned Books Week kicks off next week, and we want you to be ready! Here are a week of outfits inspired by banned books, created by Kristy Pirone!

All the details regarding the outfits can be found on the Quirk blog, here

Now go get dressed, and celebrate banned books! 

To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit bannedbooksweek.org!

Yessssss.

strangenewclassrooms:

huffingtonpost:

5 Lessons the American Girl Books Taught Us About Feminism
Originally released in 1986, the first American Girl dolls were accompanied by a Meet book, which introduced the doll, her friends and family, and the time period that she was from. But these books did more than give a mini-history class — they taught us our first lessons in feminism.

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strangenewclassrooms:

huffingtonpost:

5 Lessons the American Girl Books Taught Us About Feminism

Originally released in 1986, the first American Girl dolls were accompanied by a Meet book, which introduced the doll, her friends and family, and the time period that she was from. But these books did more than give a mini-history class — they taught us our first lessons in feminism.

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Just a reminder to all you #educachums that weekends are for resting and recharging.

lolobee8288:

math-girl:

So if you didn’t get a lot done, don’t feel bad.  Get done what you need to, but then spend the rest of Sunday night doing something you like.  You need the weekends to do things that you like doing.

Okay.

Things to remember.

Also, my expensive electric pencil sharpener is missing and I have no idea where it is

Edit: apparently it was broken while I was gone, but no one knows what the sub did with it.

Literally the first thing that happened when I got out of my car at school tonight. I burst into tears, but I know it&#8217;s not just about the PSL.

Literally the first thing that happened when I got out of my car at school tonight. I burst into tears, but I know it’s not just about the PSL.

There&#8217;s just something about brunch. This trip has been a blessing despite its initial purpose and I miss my people. Time to hit the road and hope for the best.

There’s just something about brunch. This trip has been a blessing despite its initial purpose and I miss my people. Time to hit the road and hope for the best.