Wow, it’s been a whirlwind summer so far, hasn’t it? The end of the year was chaos, then we were getting ready for our move from our apartment to a duplex across the street, and now I’m in my second week of summer planning. Whew!!
End of the Year
End of the year consisted of a research project, class parties, and a lot of movies. I received some very, very sweet notes from my students, and sad goodbye to my 7th grade babies.
When we moved to Waco a year and a half ago, it seemed a whole lot easier than this move across the street. When you move across the state or the country, you have to pack it all up. When you move across the street, even though you should hold the same mentality, pack it all up, I found that this wasn’t the case. My last load on the UHaul consisted of a myriad of tiny things and leftover things. Now that we’re in the duplex, we are working on unpacking and setting up the house. I love the new place and the dogs finally have a backyard!
Last week and this week the teaching staff are working on summer planning. We are spending 5 hours a day trying to get the first 6 weeks of instruction in our lesson plans. This is in an effort to help in the middle of first of the year chaos that is sure to happen. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling a little because it’s a new grade level and there’s a lot to do, however, since I’ve taught ELAR before, my portion of the planning (ELAR) is a little easier than it would be if I was planning the other subjects. My 5th grade team has decided that each of us will plan one subject and prep all the materials for each teacher for that subject. This makes it a little easier on each of us as well.
One Last Thing….
I have been looking around at different reward systems and thinking of how I wanted to revamp my system for this year and I came across Brag Tags. I’m excited to try them this year. I am hopeful that my kids will buy into this system and love it as much as I want them to. I got these from Fifth in the Middle on TPT.
Do you use Brag Tags? How do they work in your classroom?