Sunday, April 28, 2013

Testing, testing, testing!

My fourth grade class survived this week of state testing!  With Open House just a few weeks away, my classroom is in shambles.  We have to cover all charts, number lines, alphabet strips, etc.  So... that means there is paper taped over almost everything on the walls in our classroom.  It looks ridiculous.  Each year I struggle with putting everything up anyway and covering it as required for our state testing or not displaying so much until after the testing.  I hate my room all bare and not celebrating the kiddos learning on every available inch of display so covering it wins again.  Does anyone else have to cover all materials on the walls before their state testing?  Do you think this is really necessary?  We have only 27 days left until summer vacation begins.

Clara @ Teaching 365

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fabulous First Graders

Well, it's official.  I will be moving from fourth grade to first grade next year.  I am thrilled but a little nervous at the same time - mixed feelings.  I taught first grade a few years ago but much has changed.  The expectations are much different now.  My mind is swirling around with thoughts of common core, Daily Five, lots and lots of read aloud books, and classroom design for the littles. I love a challenge and I love change so it should be great.  Right? What is the one thing you would want a first grade teacher to know and do to ensure a smooth start to the year?

                                Clara - Teaching 365