New beginnings...

Greetings all!

I'm so excited (and anxious) to begin a new chapter in my teaching career.  First, I moved to a new school.  Still teaching 4th grade (thank goodness).  I was offered an opportunity to teach 6th but let me tell you, I can literally roll out of bed - even if my little one decides to wake up at 3am - and teach 4th grade.  So I'm thrilled to be staying in my "comfort zone"... At least for now.

I've got so many ideas brewing in my mind *rubbing my hands together* and would LOVE to hear what you all have up your sleeve for this coming year.  Here is what I've got cookin':

Lovin' these "book sleeves".  Definitely going to invest the $0.77 x 22 to get these bad boys!

I'm going to continue my interactive student notebooks but haven't quite decided if I'm going to buy a ready-made one or just go with where my instincts lead...  Feel free to chime in.

I'm totally going to fully roll out the Daily 5.  Reading the book now and it's got some good ideas.  I think I've been using a lot of what's in there but now I can make it "officially" part of the class.  How do you use Daily 5 in your classroom?

Although I chose NOT to use Remind 101 last year, I may just do it this year.  I'm not too sure how often the parents at this new school read their emails so text may be more efficient for relaying important information.  It's one-way text messaging so you can give parents (and students for those teaching older ones) information without giving your phone number to the entire world.  Anyone use this?

I'm sure I will generate new ideas (as teaching is my ONLY creative outlet) so keep coming back as I update this page.

What new plans do you have for the coming school year?


  1. Well, I find your blog. I'm also learning Daily 5 along with you. I did a lot of similar things in my classroom before, but trying to think of ways to implement it with Kindergarten. I'm also going to be using Remind. I think it's a great way for them to get information right away. We'll have to bounce ideas off of each more.

    1. Hi Cara! I'm looking forward to bouncing off ideas toooo

  2. Yes, stick with interactive student notebooks! My favorite thing ever! Love your background by the way!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

    1. Hi Kelli! I'm teetering more towards buying a "ready-made" notebook. Since I have a 5 month old, it just may make my life easier. I just put Nicole Shelby's on my "wish list" :)

    2. Oh! And a fourth grader drew this for me two years ago :) Thank you for appreciating the art!!


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