Students returned from February vacation happy and ready to learn. We've focused the first few days back on updating student showcase portfolios. Students have been asked to do a lot of think about who they are, what they like, and how they're doing related to all academic areas as well as areas of interest and passion. Tomorrow and Thursday we'll continue this process. I'll have the chance to review the portfolios with children as we prep for the student-led family/teacher conferences next week.
With that work prepped and ready to go, it's time to think about the efforts ahead which include the following:
Physical Science Standards and Lessons
We're on our way with this curriculum. Students enjoy it, and there's lots left to teach.
We made a good start with this curriculum, and now it's time to dig into some explicit teaching, practice, pre-assessment, and assessment.
Reading, Reading, Reading
Students are making terrific progress with reading. I want to continue to focus on this critical component of the curriculum.
Climate Change Service Learning Projects
I will make some serious time for this study Thursday and Friday.
Science Fair Movie
Our latest class movie is Science Fair--it's wonderful, inspiring, and thought provoking. We watch a little bit each week.
There's lots of reading to do and some prep for the April ATMIM Conference too. This Saturday I'll also attend a DESE sponsored math day focused on computational thinking which I'm looking forward too.
There's never a dull moment in the life of a teacher, and right now things are more positive than ever. Onward.