But first, just a little catching up about life in September. I'm LOVING my new school! You know how sometimes you start a new job, and each new thing you find out after you start makes you wonder if you really want to work there? I've had the exact opposite experience so far...each new thing I learn about the school and administrators makes me feel like I'm exactly where I belong. This school is SUCH a good fit for me! The only thing I'm having to adjust to is how much more communication parents expect at a private school. But, I guess I'd rather have parents who want to know every little thing, than parents who don't care at all...we all know there's too much of the latter going on out there. And it's such a blessing to be able to pray with my students...here are a couple of pics from 'See You At the Pole' day this past week.
OK...so moving on to what I've been working on...
We just finished our first Social Studies unit and are moving on to the next one, and while I was planning, I wanted to come up with a way to get the kids engaged with the vocabulary. You know how they GROOOOOAANNN when they hear 'vocabulary words'? They're picturing being given a list of words and having to look them up in the dictionary to write down the definitions.
So, I'm going to have my kiddos make vocab posters. I know this isn't a new idea, but it's still a good one. They're so much more engaged, and learn more deeply, when they're given one word to make a poster for, and when they learn the other words from their friends' posters! I'm planning to have each student do a quick (2 minute) presentation of their posters, and then have the kids do a gallery walk to write down all of the definitions.
I put together a Vocabulary Poster Project that includes instructions, objectives, criteria, and a quick and easy grading rubric. If you'd like to check it out, click here, or on the picture below...
And finally, here's my question for you. I know that one of my biggest challenges as a teacher is time management. I'm always catching myself going over the amount of time I have for one subject, thereby shorting myself in another area. How do you keep yourself on track, timewise? Any suggestions, tips, etc would be appreciated!!!
I hope all of you are having a great school year so far. Let me know how things are going!