One more week until the little lovelies enter the classroom for a full day! I have had help in preparing for them from some new sources for me:
http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/ has great reading response sheets and a pretty goal sheet for the teacher. She shared her personal goals and they sounded like mine! I think I will be a better teacher if I manage to exercise more, become more organized up front, and teach more intentionally in language arts.
http://wiseowlteacher.blogspot.com/ has intrigued me with her pencil management system. Each child receives a prepared, labeled bag with 8 pencils for the week. At the end of the week, a student pencil manager picks up all the bags. If the pencils are returned for sharpening, a surprise and "I am a friend of pencils" card is given. Otherwise, an "oops" card is attached. I shall try this!
http://stepintosecondgrade.blogspot.com/ shares often and is a bright, pick-me-up type connection. I love seeing updates on her daughter who arrived 6 months ago from the Congo! Mrs. Lemons has given me the modeling of including basic words in Spanish to be more inclusive of our population. I don't know where I'll post them, but I like the idea.
I am thankful for these energetic bloggers.