Friday, September 27, 2013

A Day of Firsts

Today is a day of firsts for Team 15 2013-2014. It's the first time we'll start the day with a weekly review--a short assessment to gauge what students learned and thought this week. For the first time, I'll start individual reading/writing conferences today. Our first digital writing project, I AM poem videos, start today and it's our first STEAM share/Maker Station day with the whole fourth grade. We've purposely choreographed Fridays as the most hands-on interactive, creative day of the week. As all teachers know, this is a good way to deal with the waning energy and enthusiasm at the end of the week--give the children something to look forward to. Since it's a day of firsts, I imagine there will be a number of unexpected events that will serve to spur revision and refinement of the Friday plan in the week ahead. For a day of firsts, it's best to be positive, flexible, and responsive. Hence, that's today's goal. Happy Friday!