Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spelling Homework

I'm so excited about another Pinterest find.  This year, my students will have choices for Spelling Homework.  It's a grid with 12 different activities for students to do.  Today I received two emails from students who typed their spelling words and emailed them to me. I replied to them, and told them how excited I was. We do not have a computer teacher this year, so keyboarding skills are lacking.  In my letter to parents, I said that this would be a great way for students to practice keyboarding skills and practice their spelling words.  I have a feeling that more students will be sending me their spelling words.
This fabulous find was originally found at What a Teacher Wants blog.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Data Notebooks

This year my students will keep a data notebook.  Hopefully by tracking their progress, they will set goals and try to obtain their goals. It's more like a portfolio, because samples of their work will be put in the notebook too.  I will keep state and county tests in a different location.

This tool will also be helpful during parent-teacher conferences.  I also plan to use them for student conferences. In the past students never saw their growth.  This year with a Garden Theme, I felt like it was important for students to see their growth, and reflect on how to improve.  At the end of the grading period, students will take the samples home.  At the end of the school year, they will take the data forms home.

As a class, we came up with some classroom rules and mission statement.  The most important rule is, "Listen".  Our mission statement is short and to the point. 

Our mission is to learn, have fun, and stay safe.
Cover of the Notebook 

Our Classroom Mission Statement and Rules
Writing Data and Goal Setting
Reading Data and Goal Setting
Michelle Oakes at Fabulous in First provided the inspiration for our data notebooks.