Great suggestions! I especially like the job application idea. It makes it so much more meaningful for the students instead of the usual "raise your hand if you want to be the paper passer!"
Also, the First Days of School is a must-read for any new teacher! I was given this book right before I started teaching and it was a valuable resource my first year of teaching especially.
I think that we as teachers can be just as anxious as the kids for the first day of school. What are our kids going to be like as readers and writers? I had my students write an on-demand small moment today and I cringed at what they handed back to me. What I got from my 5th graders today was so disappointing. I have no clue how I am going to get through memoir for my first writing unit!
What happens over the summer that our kids come in as if we they have never been taught any reading or writing strategies before? I am nervous as I think ahead about running records over the next few weeks.
I love teaching reading and writing and I am excited to follow your upcoming posts on literacy in the coming months!
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