Tomorrow I start my first day back to school. I am totally excited and can’t wait to be back in the classroom. I have planned a writing activitiy with my students and would like to share it with you. I got the idea from the book The Playful Way to Serious Writing by Roberta Allen. This book is great! I encourage you to check it out for you to use in your classroom or for yourself. Check out what I am going to do! I hope you can use it in your classroom!
Writing and Music August 18, 2007
Today was a fascinating day at UT Martin. I attended a writing workshop that infused the methods of music. The Caixa Percussion Trio came and demonstrated some awesome percussion pieces for us to hear. Who knew that 3 women could make some fabulous noise!The whole day evolved around writing and music. As a group we got to experiment with the different instruments. Caixa showed us many techniques that we can incorporate in our everyday classrooms. You don’t have to have expensive instruments ( who knew that dog toys could be instruments!) to make music. Many teachers presented various lessons that all teachers could use in their classrooms. I am now ready to start the school year off to a musical start!
Ready, Set… August 17, 2007
I so far have gotten ready and set for my first day of school. Today, I spent the whole day organizing my classroom. All I have to do now is get my lesson plans done and then I will be ready for GO! I can’t believe how exhausted I am. I am just glad my room is finished. I can’t wait until school starts Monday!
Back to school cookout: a success! August 16, 2007
Tonight I held my 3rd annual homeroom cookout for my upcoming 6th graders and their families. It was held at a local park at 6:30. We had hot dogs and hamburgers along with all the fixings. (which was donated by a local grocery store & the kids brought drinks, chips, and deserts) YUM! All but 4 families attended. I was satisfied! The weather has been very hot and I was worried about the turnout. The cookout is a great way to meet parents in an informal way. I have found that my parents enjoy the cookout just as much as the kids do. They too get to see old friends and reconnect.
I am interested in what you may do to get ready for back to school. Leave a comment.
A Date With Elvis August 14, 2007
This week marks the 30th year of Elvis’s death. Tony and I were invited to attend a dinner hosted by Budweiser. While there we got the appropriate attire for Elvis week (Elvis glasses and a cool ring). Elvis gear We ate at the Elvis Presley restaurant in Memphis, TN. The food was finger licking good! After a few Elvis impersonators jived their hips, we were off to Graceland. I felt like a movie star because we got to skip line and have an air conditioned tent. Well, I got security called on me because I crossed the blue line. All Tony and I wanted was a picture in front of the Graceland mansion, but the security guard said no! He must of had his panties in a wad or something. After all of that commotion, we finally entered the desired air conditioned tent. How cool-literally! A Budweiser man asked if we wanted to meet Dale Earnhardt, Jr and of course we said yes. I have never met anyone famous before – we got his signature. I am not a nascar fan, but it was fun just meeting him. Tony is even pictured in the Commercial Appeal standing by his race car. Being at Graceland for the first time was fun. I now have a wonderful story to tell all of my friends and family.
Last day of summer break August 12, 2007
Today is my last full day of summer break. I can’t believe how quickly it went by. By this time next week, I will be preparing what to wear for my first day of school with the kids. Tomorrow I have in-service and I am not looking forward to it, but I know I will be excited once I am there. This year we have 5 new teachers coming to my school. That’s exciting because I can hopefully open a window or even crack the window of letting teachers know about the West TN Writing Project. I would love for some other teachers to attend the project so that I will have something in common with someone. Not that I don’t already, but there is something about teachers who have attended a writing project before. There’s this awesome feeling that they too know what you’re talking about and you don’t have to explain yourself so much.
I do have to say that this summer has been a great one!
Classroom Bulletin Boards August 9, 2007
I used to like to create bulletin boards, but as the years go by I don’t care for them. I want to do a writer’s bulletin board (maybe what good writer’s do or a community of writers and readers) and I think I might do the Celebrity Writer’s Profile or biographies with my students. I may even do a Crispin theme. (My students read Crispin over the summer) I don’t know. School starts August 20th.
Does anyone have any cool bulletin board ideas for 6/7 graders? I am all ears.