I'm in my third year of teaching 4th grade. Towards the end of last school year, I started looking for a new approach to teaching.
My first year, I taught a lot of textbook based instruction. My second year, I tried to create all the fancy fun centers. Neither approach was working.
I stumbled across your website and it has completely changed my teaching philosophy.
Over the summer, I read Lucy Calkin's "Units of Study" and "Reading with Meaning" by Debbie Miller. I also explored, "The Cafe Book" and "The Daily Five."
I spent a lot of time decorating my classroom with comfy chairs and making it cozier. I took your advice and added lamps, plants, and picture frames. My mother-in-law also donated a couch!
I have started off this new school year teaching reading and writing workshops. The students are loving it and so am I!
Thank you so much for taking the time to post all your ideas. I am truly grateful! You are really making a difference in the world of teaching!!! :)
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