Phew! 7 days done... only 187 to go... ;) I've had a great week and a half. It is incredibly busy compared to what I'm used to in the fifth grade, but I'm pretty happy with everything so far!
We have been working very hard in grade 2/3 to establish routines and expectations for behavior. We've had the "Bucket Filler" talk several times...
The Daily Five you will understand why. I am determined to not let my noise rise above theirs!
We also spent some time first "playing" with the math manipulatives, then exploring how we will be using them in the classroom...
And finally, as many of you know, being in a split-grade in the primary division has challenges. I've been lucky as a junior teacher for so many years, to have had few split classes. I teach at a school that has historically had a large enough enrollment that we've had very few splits in the building (until recent years, of course). A split in the primary grades requires a great deal of "training" to be able to work with one group of students while the other works independently on a meaningful task. Together, we spent a good chunk of our morning preparing this anchor chart:
The Daily Five?! That didn't escape the kids unnoticed! Yay!! Today was our first day really putting this to the test, and it was a huge success!
Brag Tag!! I'd love to hear what set-up strategies and techniques you're using in your own classroom!