Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day Eve

The Pointer Sisters said it best: I'm so excited!

Whether it's curiosity or jitters that have you wondering, here is what to expect for the first day in historic Room 110...

Our morning meeting time will be a summer share and then we'll do a tour of the room and a supply check to make sure everyone has what they need. We are fortunate in the fact that I hoard school supplies and was able to outfit every table group with a caddy of the basics. I do want to be sure that everyone has the right notebooks and folders as well. Anything students need will be noted in their planners (which we provide) so that you can make a Dollar General run over the weekend (super dangerous that they put one of those suckers in Vergennes, #amiright?). During this time, I also want to be sure that they layout of the room works. It's easy for things to look feng shui when it's just me in the room, but add 18, 10- and 11-year-olds and things change. Funny how that works, huh? Any necessary retooling of the space or seating arrangements will happen straight away so that we can get square and get going.

If you share nothing else from this blog post with your five-sixer, please share this:

Gagner Gang cubbies have not been designated yet (well, they have, but they don't have name stickers on them or anything formal), so kids should bring all of their stuff to the room at arrival time. We will do the cubby thing as part of our settling in business.

And please remember, 8am is on time. 8:00:01 is late and students will be rerouted to the office for a tardy slip.

Okay, on with the show.

After we're all settled, we're going to work on an All About Me project that will let everyone chillax and get down with their crafty selves. I plan to do a lot of watching and listening and not a lot of talking during this (and, really, most every) time.

New this year at MCS is what I'm calling Learning Lab. For fifth and sixth graders this is from 10:55-11:25am Monday through Thursday. We will be breaking the students on the whole team into either writing or math groups to work on specific skills that our beginning of the year data suggest. Until we have the data collected, however, we are going to use the time to get some steps in on the walking course. I have invited Ms. Primo's and Ms. Pierpont's classes to join us as they like and as the weather allows.

Lunch tomorrow is pizza. How awesome is that? After refuel and recess, we'll start our first read aloud book of the year. I'm really excited for it but I'm not going to tell you what it is just yet. I never do because the surprise of a new book is one of the best parts of life.

The remainder of our afternoon is going to burn pretty quickly. We're going to play a really fun get-to-know-you game and then the students have Library time. Ms. Esterline is recovering from a concussion and I have volunteered to be her sub, so there is a good chance I'll be hanging out in the biblioteca with the chicos.

I hope this gives you enough intel to prep for the big day. FYI, we are going to begin switching for math on Thursday, and that block is 9:30-10:45am. Don't worry, though, we are going to start slow; there is incredibly important community-building to be done in the math class as well.

Our website is updated and fully operational for the new year, so check it out to see our schedule, norms, and all kinds of info that you never even knew you were craving. The Calendar of Events tab is linked with our Google Calendar and includes as many upcoming dates as I found relevant and available. We do still need to schedule our field trip to Fort Ti some time before mid-October, so stay tuned for that email and possibly a Sign Up Genius to take stock of everyone's availability.

This is going to be an awesome year, so buckle up and hang on tight!

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