- we really did enjoy taking apart the state test and learning how to "game it" - we spent much more time analyzing prompts and questions than we did doing monotonous practice tests. We even came up with a dance to show that we were "workin' it!" with these strategies. Fun! But the best part is that today I see the three students who are "mine" in this testing room really working it - marking up the texts and the questions and completely focused on the task. YES!
- speaking of the ASK tests, I used everything I learned at TC's mini-institute on the Common Core to re-vamp my persuasive writing unit. How did this help? Well, I think it made my teaching much more focused and strategic - I know I have more work to do in this area, but we're off to a good start. I feel that most of my summer will be spent working further with the common core, but the persuasive seems more or less "done".
- my blogging life continues to be rich and rewarding - it's wonderful to check in with so many dedicated teachers who are doing such amazing things in their classrooms. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or just "out of new ideas", I can wander into Maria's "classroom" and learn what she's up to - I'm immediately inspired and ready to get back into the swing of things. How awesome is that?!
- finally, we're getting to the Civil War era in my classroom, which means even more project based learning. I'm hoping to get a social studies day meme going one day so that we can share our ideas/resources one day a week - just as some of us meet for Slice of Life on Tuesdays or Poetry Fridays. Anyone game?
Tracy at Thinking Stems
Maria at Teaching in the 21st. Century
Barbara at Wondering through 2012
Melissa at Figuring out how the pieces fit