Thursday, September 29, 2011

The busy life of a first year teacher!


I can't believe September has already come and gone! Seriously? I've been teaching for a whole month? AMAZING. We are accomplishing big things in 3C! Just kidding, we really are working hard and I actually feel like I am accomplishing big things. I'm just starting to get into routine with my reading curriculum. Next week I want to start centers too. It is so difficult because my Title 1 pull outs are RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of my reading time... couldn't they wait until the end? I am grateful that my students have this opportunity but it just doesn't work very well for me:)

On another note Scholastic sent some nice goodies for our classroom this week! Nothing like a free book! Thank you Scholastic:) Made my day!

Next week I am doing a Flat Stanley class lit set. At the end of every five(?) weeks we do a class lit set- which has some pros and cons. pros- something different, class is all together, everyone reads a chapter book. cons- class is all together (thehehe), not all students are on level. I teach in a very low income area and only about 8 out of my 20 students are actually on a third grade level. It makes it difficult to do whole group activities with reading. Usually I divide students into leveled groups with leveled books. That stinks though when it comes to discussion time:( we all can't discuss together. If anyone knows any great flat stanley activities/resources/ideas please pass them on! When I finish my lit set I'm going to post it as a freebie. Nothing special just my ideas and notes:)

Next Monday I will step out of my element once again and start tutoring first grade students. I'm both nervous and excited to begin! Nervous because I know nothing about first grade and excited because we will get to do super cute little fun stuff. And this lady is all for the cute stuff! If you know of anything that is October/halloween themed that we could do for tutoring do share:)

I also signed up for Donor's Choose! I want to get $$$ for more non-fiction books in my classroom! We are needing it pretty bad!

Hope ya all have a


4321Teach said...

I also teach 3rd grade. When you read Flat Stanley do you do the letter writing project. This is where you make a "Flat version" of each student and they send themselves in the mail to a person of their choice. The person sends the "Flat person" back with a letter of what they did with the "Flat person." It is a GREAT project. Even my district's low income kids send it to someone who the teacher knows that may live in the city but have an interesting job or work at another school.

Patti White said...

I am a fellow 3rd grade teacher, I've been teaching for 8 years, and I LOVE books! Looks like you have a great start to your class library.

Some places that I've gotten books from:
garage sales, thrift stores, Half Price Books, and with points from Scholastic.

A great source for organizing your library is Beth Newingham. If you Google her name, you can find her website and download labels for free, as well as get a complete description of how she set up her library. I modeled mine after hers.

Hope this info is of some use to you!
I'm also joining your blog and would love to have you join mine.

Come visit me @

Your blog looks great! Happy first year teaching!
Patti :)

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