Monday, August 29, 2011

"What is a ...?"

Just finished Week 3! That always seems to be a good marker for settling into routines. New students are beginning to feel more at home with their new school, and parameters have been set to create a sense of security for all students...5 Basic Rules and a Scoreboard! Whole Brain Teaching allows for the variety of 32 personalities coming together to create and thrive in a unique culture called "SECOND GRADE!"Love my job!

Power Pix are going up! The visual clues of the signs and the daily practice of gestures enables everyone to participate and learn! The ready-made 5 Step Lesson Plans for each of the Pix make it so easy to plan and prepare for mandated curriculum.

The Writing Game is awesome! We are working really hard on Blah and Spicy to encourage good foundations in writing. Using our Air White Boards is a great tool for oral writing. I like how these encourage those writers who can get "hung up" on holding that pencil just right, to just let their hair hang down and let the writing juices flow! "Adders, here we come!" And have I said, "I love my job!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We are off and running.....!

It's Week Two in second grade! Procedures! Procedures! Procedures! The five classroom rules, class-yes, scoreboard, and hands and eyes have become the mainstay of our classroom unity. I love how quickly these have become a natural part of their response to instruction. Mirror, teach-ok, and switch are keys to student engagement! Have been following Farrah Shipley's advice for speeding up response times with bodies up, lines, seats, papers 3peat!. It's amazing how even my slowest little snail can "Move It" under team expectations, and of course, "Oh, yeah!" If you haven't tried it yet, get a small portable scoreboard to carry with you! Power! Just got the latest version of WBT Model Classroom! Checking out the section on Super Improvers Wall! Tomorrow is Back to School Night!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ready! Set! Go....

Just finished Day 3 of "set-up" week in my WBT classroom! It's coming together!
Rules! Check!
Scoreboard! Check!
Power Pix Wall! Check!
Genius Ladder! Check!
Class Leaders Wall! Check!
Partner Seating! Check!
Students? They'll be here Monday! Oh, yeah!!!