Here are five peeks into my week (and a little of last week, since this week was so crazy again!)
1. Oh spring, where are you? I know spring doesn't even start for a few weeks, but here in CT I don't think we're going to see the grass until the end of April (and I'm not exaggerating!). Our amaryllis was a beautiful way to remind us that spring WILL be here.
2. VIP swag came out last week! It was time to add a little something to our behavior celebrations and having a VIP or two really did it! I wasn't so keen on having a special VIP table, so I put together a couple VIP buckets for those students who worked hard, followed directions and were caring and nice ALL THE TIME. The buckets have gel pens, mechanical pencils and Smencils, special erasers and stickers. (All decided on by the whole class!) The VIP also gets to choose a workspace using a camping chair or lap desk... but the best part is the get to was with the smelly soap! Oh what an incentive!
I have been so amazed at all the pictures and blog posts about their experiences at the Ron Clark Academy, it has motivated me to make some changes in how I teach - and I didn't even go! I'm trying to add more "pizazz" to my lessons to get my students engaged - and keep them engaged! We started our subtraction with regrouping unit as a "Math Mission" theme - complete with Mission Impossible music and daily missions as we went along. Stay tuned for a blog post about what we did - and yes, it really helped everyone be excited and on target as we learned!
We are knee-deep in regrouping of all kinds. We finished addition with regrouping and re now moving into subtraction. This is where it gets confusing for many of my kiddos. And the fact that their subtraction facts are not solid only adds to it. Next week I'm devoting my math centers time to LOTS of subtraction fact practice. I like to use these transition boards to introduce regrouping. It's a very visual way of seeing the "why" of the regrouping process. You can check out my blog post HERE on how to use the boards with addition regrouping.
"Pajama Party!" pack in my TpT store.) At the end of the day, our principal played some "jammin' music over the loudspeaker and we all ended the week with some movin' and groovin'!
I'm hoping next week will be a FULL week so we can really get going with our March activities. Lots of shamrocks and leprechauns, a biography project and more math missions! Stay tuned!