Let the confetti rain down, 5,
Happy New School Year !
As I prepare to greet my new Fabulous Firsties tomorrow, I can't help but reflect on my first grade year...
Back when I was searching for pictures for my parents' wedding anniversary I ran across some papers and my report cards from when I was in elementary school. Here is a picture of one of my first days of writing in first grade-
I am thinking deeply about how the expectations for what a first grader should know and be able to do have changed over the years. The change in expectations makes me feel more determined than ever to give my new students the greatest conditions for learning that I can give them. I am so excited to meet and greet them (13 boys and 5 girls) when they come to school for the big first day tomorrow...I have such high hopes for them and all that they can accomplish this year.
Many of you have already started or are going to be starting soon. I wish you the best in your new endeavors with students and hope that you have the greatest year yet. Even if you're not starting back to school and are a slicer reading this post, start a new year with us, and think of what your resolutions could or would be for this period in your life.
Here are mine as a teacher starting the new year:
I resolve to have the students build our learning community.
I resolve to have the students read and write every day we are in school.
I resolve to use technology to help students and colleagues with understanding technology.
I resolve to encourage and use more mathematical processing skills to foster growth in mathematical thinking.
I resolve to leave everyday with a clear desk. REALLY~
I am only writing these 5 for now so I can make sure I keep them.
Happy New School Year!