What are some things you're changing up for this coming year? What are you keeping? What are you still deciding on? Here are some of mine: Changing -thinking of using the hip and lip idea for quiet walking in line. -trying these for desk tags, but really for the pencil holder. I will train kids to always return their pencils to that-- hopefully this will help with the pencil probs. -doing full-on Handwriting without Tears this year, thanks to a PTO grant. Yipee! -Applying some ideas from No More I'm Done to change up my Lucy Calkin's writers workshop. -thinking of buying some good-quality handheld pencil sharpeners to keep at each desk group to help with the above mentioned pencil problems. -Changing morning work routine. Still Deciding on... -Keep kids in typcial 4-6 person groups, facing each other? I am getting bored with this. Any group work we do, we can spread out throughout the room to work. So maybe there's something more creative I can do? -Groups supplies vs. individual pencil boxes (It seems I go back and forth each year. Even with a combination of both, I always feel the grass is greener on the other side!) Keeping -Daily 5 (3rd year now; love it) -My "No, Never" rules. (I introduce my one "no, never" rule at the beginning of the year, which is NO VIOLENCE. We define violence and kids know that if they do violence, we are calling home. I had to do this twice at the beginning of last year and it worked like a charm. The kids knew I meant business and I never had another problem." -Class rules of "1) We take care of each other. 2)We take care of ourselves. 3) We take care of our classroom. -got another dome chair from Target because my kids LOVED the one from last year and it is super sturdy and can fit 2 kids at one time. It was their favorite place to work.