So excited to be sharing a little something with ya since Daina is on her way to the great state of Texas! Those of you who follow us, know that we taught first grade together last year and had a total blast the whole way through! :) She will surely be missed here, but...thanks to the 'bloggy-sphere' she will never be more than a few quick clicks away! :)
So, let's chat a bit today about two things that I think about in the weeks before school starts.
Something else that I think a lot about before I start the year is daily routines. I had a mentor once upon a time that gave me a list of 100 common classroom procedures that I should have an answer for in my room to make sure that my management of the children was always on point. Things as simple as how do the children take care of sharpening their pencil to what do they do if they find a book that needs repair. I was surprised at how many things I didn't have an answer for. If you are a teacher that struggles with having students that constantly come up to you and ask you questions about procedures...then, those are the things that you should be thinking about explaining more clearly...while you have the time to do it in the summer. Sometimes...even after all these years, I've found that I need to adjust some of those procedures because children change over time...or some procedures don't work in all situations. Be open to that as you review your procedures.