I started Whole Brain Teaching on the first day and introduced my scoreboard system for rewards. It was fun watching my students do gestures and smile while learning the rules. I am really hoping WBT will be a great way to teach this year.
This shows my learning targets for the first few days. We are working on picking independent reading books and map skills in social studies.
This is our first class bulletin board. I took every students picture and they brought in pictures of something that was important to them. I was able to get an idea of how their writing skills were by having them write a paragraph about their picture.
In language arts we have been talking about the importance of finding books to read. We set up reading notebooks and then starting looking for books we wanted to read. Some students knew of books they wanted to read but that I didn't have in my library. We started a list on my board of books we would like to add to the classroom library.
The rest of this week we continue practicing our whole brain rules and procedures and setting up our reading notebooks. I will be discussing expectations for reading response letters and discussing strategies for independent reading. In social studies we are taking a pretest for our first unit and starting geography.
I hope everyone else is having a great start back to school. I hate that my blogging time is more limited now, but I will try to post at least once or twice a week.