Today, I had a surprise walk-through observation. At 2:00 p.m. On a Friday. And because we had just finished a math assessment, we were watching Reading Rainbow. And eating Fruit Loops. But please don't mistake us for slacking off. One of my students was fast asleep-with her pencil still in her hand, poised in the writing position. Should you more evidence that kindergarten is rigorous, check out the photo below. Upon discussion of what a good citizen looks like, the sweetest child in my class had us scribe this: And with that pic, I wish you and yours a very happy Three Day Weekend! Labor Day!
Confession: Now that "The Closer" is down to the last few episodes, I'm not sure if I can focus on much else. I have my suspicions about the leak and how the show will end and am awaiting to see if they're correct. But since the show's on once a week, I need something to occupy my thoughts. And what's better than ironing out how to use D5 in a classroom? And reading how your fellow bloggers implement D5? Of all of the choices, Word Work is the most challenging to me. Which is why I'm super psyched about seeing how the K crew is implementing it. But here are my thoughts: Experimenting with words for learning and looking for a spelling pattern. Since I'm new to kindergarten, I'm assuming there will probably be the widest range of abilities in this grade than any other. (I should probably point out I've taught 1st-5th, so I've earned the right to make that assumption.) I am expecting some to arrive with no letter-sound knowledge, so