Our first day of fall break has been WINDY 50MPH gust with DIRT and DUST it reminds me of the dust storms in Arizona I lived through as a child. All I smell and taste is dirt. And smoke. Because that is where my hubby is- fighting grass fires. They had to shut down part of the interstate because of 35 car pile-up. Tomorrow I will dust!
I have found some great new blogs while I have been MIA. I’ve also been reminded of some great ideas on some of my favorite go-to blogs.
I am not a great fan of spelling tests. I think the “learn them and forget them” way of spelling practice leaves a lot of holes and is not very practical. I would rather my kiddos become cognitive of their spelling in their day to day writing in writing workshop. Tammy at Forever in First has a great way she teaches spelling that fits perfectly with this. You can read about it here. I am starting my spelling notebooks Monday with the new nine weeks.
The new nine weeks will also bring some assessment of the past nine weeks. I was going to make up a phonics assessment, but then I found Jenn at Seriously Primary and she has just made this awesome assessment. So ta-da no work for me! YAY!
Tonight while hiding from the dirt, I found Nikki at Teaching in Progress. She had a really interesting post about behavior charts and discipline.
Like her I have never used behavior charts. I do have a few tricks I use though. I have one little cutie that has a few….issues… should we say. If I had a behavior chart she would see red daily…or I would. Anyway I have discovered if I send her on an errand, say to get me a box of paperclips from the office, she is golden the rest of the day. My note often says (in cursive of course) “__ needs a moment away and I need a moment too, please send me a box of paperclips.” Of course the school secretary and I have joked that by the end of the year I may own every box of paperclips in the school.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures I took at school this week as a couple of moms picked up their kids. One of the great things about a small rural school!