Every year the return to school in January is C-R-A-Z-Y! Despite state testing not taking place until May, it seems like it is a time where we go into uber TEST PREP mode. In addition to lots of test prep work, I begin a writing piece, start a novel unit, administer DRAs, students are DIBELed, and the list of goes on and on. One thing
Those first days back from winter break can be tricky ones…students have been out of the school routine for two weeks, teachers have been out of the teaching routine for two weeks, and it is essential to get everyone back on track ASAP. While still in the second quarter, I love that the return from winter break gives us a bit of a new beginning.
What back to school books do you love to share with students on those first days of school? I have a bunch that I have adored reading aloud to my my own children and my enthusiastic 6th graders over the years, but the picture book The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill has quickly become one of my newest favorites and one I can’t wait to
I find 6th grade students are kind all over the map when it comes to reading. Some love reading and never want to put their books down, some read because they “HAVE to”, and others love to share their “HATRED” for reading! I think I was destined to become a 6th grade reading teacher because I detested reading as a 6th grader! I don’t remember who
Happy Summer! I hope you are ready to tackle some summer relaxation and fun! For my family, we are in the midst of tournament play for baseball, attending various sports camps, spending lots of time at the pool, and enjoying time with friends. We will be heading to the beach for a week in August, but for now, we bask in the warm weather and minimal schedule.
Today I’m sharing some poetry ideas, poetry resources, and freebie… POETRY! That one, 6-letter word can send shivers down the spine of an unsuspecting 6th grader. I have learned that depending on previous experience, it ranks right up there with these other horrors… HOMEWORK! DICTIONARY!! STUDY!!! My sweet students: “Mrs. Beers, I hate poetry!” “Isn’t Dr. Seuss a poet? Dr. Seuss is SO kindergarten!” “Can