Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 1 "Whirlwind"


What a crazy, amazing, unreal, whirlwind of a day. The first day of school is always a blast, but on the teacher's end it seemed to go by faster than any day I have ever taught.

Unfortunately, I do not have fun photos and anecdotes to share, due to the complete lack of remembrance on by part. However, I can share just how the day went...

Once the craziness of the first day morning routines subsided (attendance, going home routines, interest survey, etc.), it was time to begin the day with a story. Although it is somewhat young for my third graders, I read "Franklin Goes to School."

 I chose this book for my kiddos because I wanted to model making connections for them.  This book is about Franklin being nervous about his first day, but soon forgetting about his nervousness because he had so much fun.  This story seemed the most fitting since I am a new kid in a new school (even though I AM the teacher).

After the story, the students began to browse through the reading center and chose several books to begin reading, if possible.  We quickly went over a "Just Right Book" so the students would be prepared to find a book that best suited them.  Then, it was silent reading time.  I used this time to disburse some of the school supplies to the students (assignment book, take home folder, etc.).

Then, my favorite time of the day had arrived, MATH! I was so excited to get started with math that I just couldn't help but to start early. Today's topic was beginning to review with place-value. it took the students a moment to remember what they had learned from 2nd grade in place-value, but soon came around to remembering.  We reviewed with place-value on and off throughout the day in order for me to get an idea of where to go next. I also had the students take a placement test for math. This test will help me track where the students are before we get into the "meat" of the year.

Once we got through some of the boring stuff (expectations, procedures, blah blah blah), it was time to pull out a somewhat "fun" activity.  I had the students write their name in the middle of a piece of construction paper, then draw all around the name with things that they like or that represent them.  Some of the kiddos didn't quite understand the assignment, but still worked hard to make their pictures nice.  Although they DID NOT like it, i made them present their piece to the class with an explanation.  This was like pulling teeth, but they did a great job!

Lunch and recess came and went entirely too fast, but afterwards I wanted to talk with the students about some more procedures that we missed earlier in the day. Then, I wanted to check to see what they knew as far as basic sentence structure, and luckily for me, they were spot on! They knew right off the bat that a sentence begins with a capital letter, and ends with a punctuation mark. I was elated! SUCCESS in the language department. So, we then did some Daily Fix-it sentences to test what I thought they knew, and by golly they got it! Whoop! I was proud :)

Before I knew it, it came time to discuss the afternoon dismissal procedures and going home. I missed my babies as soon as they left, but am thankful for a time of rest.

The first day was great, but I look forward to the rest of the days with my Rockstars. I think this is going to be a rockin' year.

Until next time....


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