Thursday was the last day of school, and I have already stripped the bulletin boards, name tags, and posters out of my classroom. The books and materials are all safely stowed away for the summer. Summer vacation has officially begun.
Despite what many people believe, teachers never really take the summer off. I have reading and math classes I will be taking this summer. We have a new reading series coming in, so I will be exploring that when it arrives. I am already wondering where I will store all the necessary materials. As I wrap up activities and store materials away, I begin thinking about how to make things better and be more effective for next year. I already have a three page list of “to do’s” for this summer. At the top of my list is to make a re-commitment to my own writing and blogging.
This poor little blog has been sadly neglected over the past two years. During that time, I have been posting to my blog on Edublogger, called Day In the Classroom and to be honest, I haven’t been posting very often this year. I had planned to devote this blog to writing about our reading work, but that never happened. Now I’m planning to do some budget cutting, so I will be moving back to this blog as my main blog. Edublogger costs me money. In the coming weeks I will be reviewing and reflecting on the school year, and I plan to do it right here. My first big change was to change the name. Now Prospecting For Treasure has become the new Day In the Classroom, because that’s who I am, Barbara Day, in the classroom.
Speaking of our classroom, we had a lot of fun during these last two weeks of school. The kids conducted and presented independent studies. I’ll write about that next week. We ended our year with M & M Math. There are some really great resources on line for ideas to do math with M & M’s. The kids were all for it. I asked students to bring an individual size bag of plain chocolate M & M’s to use for math. A couple people showed up with large bags. If you buy the big bag, you end up with a lot more work to do. It made for a very colorful lesson. At the end of our class, everyone ate their math. Here is a link to the activities that I used for our lesson. M & M Activities. If you don’t find what you want here, do a Google search, and you’ll find loads of other ideas.
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