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Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year's Resolutions and New Blog Design!

I am so excited to start the new year with a fresh new look to my blog and a New Year's resolution to document my Kindergarten experiences (both successes and failures), new items on Teacher Pay Teacher, and my National Board experience!  

Currently in my classroom I have revamped my Reading Groups . . . I'm sure you have all been there!  As time has gone on, some kiddos move quicker than others and some need more time.  I am excited to start with my new groups on Monday and get them moving along!  I have incorporated and am working on some word work for sight word practice and will post on TPT when I am finished!  I am lucky to have a student teacher from Central WA University and a wonderful volunteer from Pierce College in my classroom!  Without their help and taking over some groups, I wouldn't be able to accomplish my start 2014 goal of starting the kiddos writing in their writing journals!  I felt like SUPER teacher this week as we had several great days in a row of directed writing as a whole class!!  

The National Board process has been slow to start for me and I am getting a bit . . . A LOT . . .frustrated truth be told!  It's an overwhelming process, with a lot of technical writing.  Very cut and dry which is not what I am used to!  The key words that ring in my ears from our cohort leaders are "clear and concise" with your writing.  I am working on video taping my Science lessons this week and hope that I can get a good 15 minutes to submit for my entry.  If only the kiddos would cooperate!  LOL  Little things I have learned that may help if you are also joining in this journey is to remember to not use the kids names while video taping and let them LEAD the discussion.  As much as you want to jump in (they are Kindergarteners) it's best to let them go and see where the discussion leads!  I will address the pre-teaching and post lessons in my actual entry writing.  

Look for pictures and more to come . . .