For the first time ever, all 18 of my students came on the first day. Not a single no-show! I spent the morning with my 18 darlings organizing their supplies and going over rules and routines. They were pretty thrilled with the Whole Brain Teaching 5 rules, and they loved "class -yes!" Of course the day was so packed I never took pictures; that seems to happen every year. In the afternoon I got to know my other class of students (we are departmentalized). With both groups I introduced myself using this fun activity from Math Coach's Corner:
We read this story and talked about making mistakes:
On Tuesday we began our first science inquiry. I loved how both groups got so into how to test the question of keeping bananas fresh!
Our first unit in math includes place value, so I introduced the topic with a favorite book:
During the week we tried to "Save Fred," with minimal success but lots of fun. We also tried out the STEM challenge to make the tallest tower with plastic cups.
I feel like I have been blessed with a really fun group of kids this year; can't wait to see what our second week holds (other than testing!).
And to put the cherry on top, I just found out my Donors Choose project for tablets was just fully funded -- woo-hoo!