It's Friday! It's Friday!
What do you say?
Hip Hip Hurray!!!!
What do you say?
Hip Hip Hurray!!!!
But seriously. THANK YOU Friday for showing up this morning(Thursday felt like it was going to go on forever). This Friday is extra sweet because means that it is Spring Break time. Woot!
I am going to announce the winner of my 1,000 IG followers and new blog design giveaway at the end of this post. I feel like this is one big IG post since many of these pictures made it up over on my account this week.
Special thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting the weekly Five for Friday event.
I seriously debated putting this picture up because of just how BIG of a deal this information in the picture is. I am proud of our kiddos but now that we are putting this out there-we have to keep it up! Our school takes Discovery Education Think Link tests 3 times a year. They help us assess our students. I am a data junkie, so I like using the data to drive my classroom instruction. Last year, our school started displaying data walls. It started with a few teachers posting them outside of their rooms and has grown to almost every teacher posting data walls to track student achievement. I love data walls for many reasons, but my biggest reason is because it holds students and teachers accountable. When you display your data, you are saying, "Here is our work. This is what we can(or can't) do." We just took our latest round of tests last week. As a grade level, we were really proud of our progress. So, we decided to post a grade-wide data wall right in front of the office. Our theme this year is #secondgradestrong. Later, other hashtags were added such as #awesomesauce. I had to look up that commercial because I had NO idea what the reference was to when my teamie started saying it.
TPT store this week, and it has been a hot item. Test prep is coming soon for a lot of us, and I wanted to make sure that the kiddos were not just answering questions. I want them to EXPLAIN the answer to the question and give evidence to support that answer. The cards come in big and small, black and color, letters and numbers. I blogged about it here. I love them. The kids get upset when I say that we are not using them that day. Sadsville, I tell ya!.
Have I mentioned that I have awesome coworkers? My student teacher did her solo week this week, so that left me wandering for a home. It has been a little challenging. I NEED to be with my kiddos, but she also needs this opportunity to see how things go without the lead teacher there to scaffold all the time. So, I gave her some space and headed off to visit some of the awesome teachers in my school. I saw everything from review in Math & ELA to animal research and math tasks. I visited 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes, and it was an awesome learning opportunity for me. I snapped this picture before I headed out to visit for the morning. I never go anywhere without my teaching planner from April @ A Modern Teacher or my Dunkin' Donuts coffee. I know that having visitors, even fellow teachers, can be really stressful so I made up some little notes to fill out and leave with the teachers whose classrooms I was in. I really appreciated them opening their rooms to me.
My teammates are awesome, but you already knew that because I brag about them all the time. There are 5 of us in our grade level this year. I am not going to lie...it has been a little challenging because we are not all in the same building(2 of us are in portables), and we don't have the same lunch time. We have to work really hard to see each other throughout the day. But, the four teachers are hands down the best. They are my role models, and I am glad to have had this opportunity with them. This week my "learning cottage" teammate and I invited the other second grade teachers to a planning meeting in my room. Because we are separated from the main building, we don't get a lot of visitors. Usually, we plan in the big school. I wanted to change that up a bit.
So that's my week. It's been a whirlwind. I need to sleep for a few days to help me recuperate for the end of the year push. The year is about to get super crazy, folks! Get ready!!!
And...........the winner to my giveaway is................
Congrats girlie! I will contact you and get your amazing prizes sent your way!