An Amazing Year
"Time flies when you’re having fun!" That is exactly how I would describe my year as the Scholastic Pre- K- K Teacher Advisor. It has been fun connecting with teachers from all around the world and getting to share a few of the wonderful things we are doing in my kindergarten classroom. I loved hearing from some of you with your insightful comments and collaborating with people teaching at various grade levels. Blogging alongside of the other fabulous teacher advisors was enlightening and inspiring as well. Now that summer has arrived I always find it helpful as a teacher to go back and reflect on the past year. Looking at what worked well helps me to start making some changes for the upcoming school year. Click read more to look back at some of my favorite blog topics from this school year.
Most people know me as a teacher that loves to embed a lot of technology into my curriculum. Naturally, some of my favorite posts were the ones that displayed how to implement a project using technology in the classroom. I loved my series on Making Movies with Students that showed the process we used to make our “No, David!” class movie. I had a great response from teachers that felt after having the steps; a project like this was manageable with their students. I even had one teacher share her 1st grade class movie!
A recent post called Clifford’s Preposition Mystery was a fun project to write about. It shows how my class used video to learn their preposition words as well as story elements, sequencing, taking great photos, and so much more. If you haven’t taken a look yet, please check it out. I think it is a great example of how teachers can blend the fun technology skills with their grade level curriculum and see results in all areas of students’ learning.
Being that I am a big supporter of differentiated and individualized instruction, I loved writing the post called Developmental Grouping in Math. I feel that working at students’ developmental levels in all subjects, including math, is so beneficial to the students because it helps everyone to be successful. I was excited to hear from some other teachers that implement a similar setup of their math instruction. I also loved hearing from a few teachers that were excited to try something like this in their own classrooms.
Literacy is always a huge focus in the primary grades. After reflecting on my blog topics, I noticed that I did not get to share much about my reading instruction. This is an area that I would love to get a chance to write about in the future. I did love getting the chance to share several blogs on primary writing instruction. Through my series of posts on the 6 Traits of Ideas, Organization, and Word Choice, as well as posts on descriptive writing and writers’ workshop in the beginning of the year I was able to share some of the ways I instill the love of writing with my students.
Again, I had such a fun and inspiring year as your Pre-K- K Teacher Advisor for 2009-2010. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts and my ideas assisted you in your own teaching. If you are ever in the San Diego area and want to stop by my classroom, please contact me. My classroom door is always open!
Thank you to all of the amazing people at Scholastic.com for your support and encouragement. Getting to know staff at this company this year was heartwarming. The amount that you care about teachers, students, and learning is very apparent. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to connect and share with other teachers all around the world.
Summertime is a rejuvenating time to get refreshed and reenergized so that we are ready and able to tackle another school year. I hope you get some time to relax and thoroughly enjoy your summer!