Next year, what will you do differently?

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  1. TeachyBon

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    May 18, 2008

    I changed a LOT of my routines and expectations after a wiiiiiiiiiild first year. This year went much more smoothly, and since we are winding down, I'm already planning for next year.

    I will be going from teaching fourth grade self-contained (all subjects, not special ed) to teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade Reading. Our Reading curriculum is... complicated, to say the least. This summer I am going to try to figure out a way to make it more routine (and hopefully easier on me!)

    Have you thought of what you may want to change for next year? Did you try something new and it really worked? Share with the class, please! :D
     
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  3. MissFroggy

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    I am moving from a 3/4 class to either a 1/2 class or a 2/3 class!! I will miss my fourth graders! They are so independent... I will be changing EVERYTHING! Bye-bye fourth grade board!
     
  4. hescollin

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    reading

    Level all your books. Make sure students are reading books at their level. Make independent reading fun. Maybe you won't be in charge of independent reading.
    Leveling books.
    www.renlearn.com AR click on quizzes. In the blank type in author or use the arrow button and go to author and type in author. Tells the points the books is worth, grade level and etc.
    Leveled Books Database:
    http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/leveled-books/

    All AR books are kept together and other books are together along the other wall. First and Second grade room books are kept in plastic baskets. 3rd , 4th, 5tth, 6th and etc are on shelves. In the reading room K or emergent readers and first, second and third levels are kept in baskets and others on shelves. There are only AR books in the reading room. We have a reading room and reading teacher, she gives extra reading help. This is like a library. Students Star test in the reading room (4 computers) and in their classrooms. All the classrooms have three or four computers. AR dots. Green=1.0 to 1.5, Blue 1.6 to 2.0, Red 2..1 to 2.5, Yellow 2.6 to 3.0, Orange 3.1 to 4.0, I can’t remember until I go back to school the other colors. We use the same colors for all classrooms for that level. Reading room, LD room and classrooms all have the same color for the same level. All books have the wrap around AR label with the book number, level and points it is worth. And the dot is just above this label along the edge, so you can see the level at a quick glance. Use clear shipping tape to cover and protect the labels. And keep the dots from popping off. *****buy the wrap around labels at the AR site. www.renlearn.com 3 ¾ by 1 ½ , click on On Line Store---yellow spot, the green box, next click on reading, next click on AR and go down to the AR Handwritten book labels, Pack of 100……
    *******If you have lots of books than divide the levels into more baskets. And this will depend on how many books you have for each subject. Mice, Earth, Birthday, Jobs, Christmas, Filmstrip, Fairy Tales, Curious George, Bears, Eggs, Mystery, Dinosaurs and Monsters, Animals, Cats and Dogs, Holidays, Eric Carle, (Clifford, Amelia Bedilla, Arthur) Birds, Horses, Pond, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Rain forest, and etc….. If you have more questions let me know…. I don’t think there is any right way or wrong way. Just whatever works for you….

    * Teach them www.bookadventure.com. Some students love to read the books and then take the bookadventure.com reading comprehension test. It tracks points earned and some kids really like this. If you have an accelerated reader program in your school it works the same way.

    Be sure your room is cheerful. Floor lamps make extra light and some are so pretty, with colored globes that look like flowers. A couple plants. Fake are ok, but real plants are healthier.

    A big basket of bookmarks, buy a few, make some use clip art, print on colored paper, put some pads of the tiny sticky notes in your basket.

    Did you read where someone made Bingo Cards, each square had something special and students read to get a Bingo, a stick of gum, gumball from the gumball machine, pencil, read with the teacher, read with a buddy, read in the teachers chair and etc.

    The square had things like read under a tree, read to an adult, read to a stuffed animal, read to a puppet (you can make or buy two or three puppets) read a book in bed, read sitting in the corner of a room, and etc.
     
  5. glitterfish

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    May 18, 2008

    Reader's theatre is a favorite with me and my class. If you're teaching reading next year, perhaps you can include this. It really helps with fluency and reading aloud for a purpose (rather than just the sake of reading aloud.) Something new that I did with my 4th graders this year is taking difficult and boring social studies text chapters and creating my own reader's theatre. It really made the content come alive! I also had my students write their own reader's theatre with chapters from novels we read in class.

    Lit circles would also be great for your grade levels--a great way to break the class into heterogeneous groupings.

    Of course, all this depends if you have time, which it sounds like you may not with your complicated reading curriculum. Is it really structured? What program do you use?
     
  6. MsKay

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    May 20, 2008

    next year

    Next year I wont wait to start spelling and assignments. I waited to start until the assignments. We get out of school in the second week in June, the first week in June is full of activities and field trips. SO now I need all those days way back in Sept this month. Next year, we will begin our studies right away!
     

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