How is school going? Any new ideas?

Discussion in 'First Grade' started by VANewbie, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. VANewbie

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    With my 34 students things are actually going well. We had a rough start but now things are running smoothly. One thing that helps is when a student does something and they are not following the rules we stop everything and go over it. No matter what we are doing. It is draining but it has worked.

    Ive already had a few parents come in and ask me how their child is doing. (its only been a week)

    Three students cried saying they didn't want to come back to school. Five students go home sick.

    But like I said with 34 its going as better than expected.
     
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  3. TamiJ

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    So far so good. I only have 11 students though, thank goodness. I don't think 34 1st graders should even be legal, but that's just my opinion. Another thing you might try, if you are not already doing it, is to recognize students who are doing what you want them to do. Like, "Johnny is showing me he's ready, thank you Johnny" or, "I really like how Sally is raising her hand and waiting quietly". They love to be recognized, and usually when you recognize what a student is doing correctly, the other students change what they are doing to reflect that student. This keeps from you having to call out the misbehaving student in front of the whole class, and will typically change the misbehavior just as, if not more, effectively.
     
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    I have a really big range of kiddos-one that can read 130 wpm and 2 that read 0. I have my work cut out for me this year to say the least. We've had to do so many assessments I don't really feel like I've started teaching anything meaningful yet, but that comes with the territory I guess. It's been interesting-2/3's of my class I had last year-but you can't even imagine how much they've forgotten-even in procedures. We'll see-I have a feeling it's going to be a looongg year! :)
     
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    I don't have the spoiled little "golden children" that I had last year (nor anything resembling their parents, as far as I can tell).

    But my class this year is definitely lower and less mature. Behaviors are typical first grade - hyper, wiggly, impulsive. But unlike last year, when I tell them to pay attention and listen they try to rather than say they don't feel like it.
     
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    I feel like I have a typical first grade class. In years past, I've had a higher level of students. I also had kids who seemed to follow procedures more quickly. This year, I am feeling like I am teaching a true first grade class - I feel like I'm actually teaching them and they are learning every day! It's great. To see them benefiting from instruction so early in the year (whereas last year and years past it seemed to bore them) makes me feel like I'm not wasting their time.
    I do have my work cut out for me. I am still very excited about this year and have had parents tell me how happy to have me as their child's teacher (I am finally building that reputation!) and also can't wait to do all the fabulous things I've learned from this website.
    I am most excited about the mystery readers and can't wait til that starts in October. Yay!!!
     
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    Ok, I'm 2nd, but my kids are at a K/1 level in reading and maturity, so I frequent the First grade board quite a bit :)

    I am very excited to be trying a lot of new things this year! I am giving math workshop a try. We have done it two days, and it's much more successful than I think whole group ever was for me! This group is really needy, but I think after a few weeks of practicing this, we will be good to go.

    I also decided to use the clip chart system this year! The kids are already loving it (day one we had someone get to the top, and we added a jewel to her clip). Though I am getting a lot of questions like, "I did this, so can I move my clip up?" Haha, so cute.

    The great poetry race was something else I decided to try. I assumed that with my high ESOL population, I wouldn't have many students get excited about it. Yes, I only had about 5 out of the 18 turn theirs in (I didn't require it)... and one of them had over 40 signatures! She got to pick a prize out of the prize box, so I am hoping this will motivate some of the other kids next week!

    My last thing that I am super excited about is trying some inclusion. We already do inclusion during math with an ESOL teacher, but our Early Intervention specialist came to me and asked if we could try it out for second grade. So my class got loaded up with the kiddos on her caseload. So she will be in my room for 45 minutes during reading! This means I am going to be able to pull this group of students for a reading group, and then she will be able to pull them to work on reading or skills too! Two doses of reading with a teacher without ever leaving the room! Our kids are normally pulled all over the place for ESOL, T1, SPED, etc... so I think this is a great opportunity for us to take a look and see if we can provide these services to them in their own classroom.


    By the way Lynn... what are the mystery readers?! That sounds like fun!
     
  8. VANewbie

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    What is the clip chart system and the poetry race?
    Ive never heard of those.
     

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