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A Beehive of My Own

So this past week, I was able to step into my very own classroom for the first time and was greeted by a barrage of tables, chairs, and milk crates! I decorated my door and I was absolutely amazed with how it turned out. I organized all of the books left behind by the previous teacher, put them on the bookshelves and even got my calendar ready for math morning meeting! There is so much to do and to think about that I am quite overwhelmed, but I have such a great support team!

While last week was busy, I was able to treat myself to Area 51 Ice Cream in Hernando, Mississippi! 2016-07-23 21.07.14

Stamina in the Summer

So this summer, as part of training for Teach for America, I taught incoming 2nd grade students literacy. The literacy block included an independent reading time as well as a read aloud. I also taught a small group mathematic skills revolving around addition and subtraction! Reading is such a fun subject for me to teach! I really enjoy reading to the kids and bringing them into the stories with me. This summer, we read a few non-fiction books which were: The Golden Gate BridgeWolves, Ruby Bridges, and Ants! Students really loved Ants which made it even more fun for me to read to them! The fiction books we read were: Pop’s Bridges (Eve Bunting), One Green Apple (Eve Bunting), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Two Bad Ants. My favorite fiction book that we read was The True Story of the Three Little Pigs because I was able to really get the students engaged when the wolf “sneezed” the houses down! Not only that, but my students were so receptive to the fact that the wolf was making the story up to make himself seem like less of a bad guy!

For independent reading, my students began the summer being able to BARELY read for 3 minutes. We ended the summer being able to read for 15 minutes, with many students ready to read for 20 minutes! I am so proud of them and they already have a leg up compared to their peers in the fall! They were reading books like Curious GeorgeCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Bread (a book about breads from around the world)! I look forward to sharing news about the progress of my students when I meet them in the fall!

It’s me…I’m a bee!

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share my learning and students with you all! If you haven’t already noticed, my classroom is going to have a bee theme! The students will enter the “bee hive” each day! They will be put into teams revolving around bees! Teams will consist of bumblebees, queen bees, honey bees, and baby bees! We’ll have class goals to build our camaraderie and the bees will make it fun for the kids to really own it!