Then I found out that Beth was blogging for Scholastic and stumbled upon a few other great bloggers. This past summer I found Life in First Grade and then that led me on a wild goose chase to a million other awesome blogs.
I love Babblin' Abby from The Inspired Apple!
AND I am now so enamored with
Cara Carroll fromand have used a bunch of her ideas already. Recently I adapted one of the ideas she got from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten on using the No David series by David Shannon to talk about Peacebreakers and Peacemakers. This conversation tied in sooo nicely with our school's connection to The Responsive Classroom (gosh I feel like I'm name dropping).
Read this awesome article from them that talks about establishing hopes and dreams with your students at the beginning of the year. This will be the first year that I am going to create my own hope and dream as well. For some reason I have left that part out of the process, but I think it's important to share your own thoughts in the same way you ask your students to. The results of our discussion after doing the Peacemaker/Peacebreaker conversation led to pretty fruitful rule brainstorming for our classroom.
I realize that it's the messy whiteboard version, but its interesting to see what they came up. We already discussed rules we could combine into one. They generally cover all the basics that a teacher would create and if they forget something (like safety) for instance you can help guide that convo. Notice that I made sure that we talked about not using the word
On another note, thank you to Mrs. Carroll (The First Grade Parade) for the amazing ideas. As you can see I have stolen (but of course given credit) for your beautiful ideas!!! My kids have loved it!! I've sent my colleagues your way as well.
SO Thank you, Thank YOU to all you amazing teachers out there for inspiring me and making me a better teacher! I'm hoping it inspires me to create my own ideas and share them with you more often.