Summer Reading

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Since I am starting at a new school, I was unable to choose the books my students would be reading. I was given the list that my incoming 6th graders will be reading, and have already begun to read all the books on the list. I’ve heard of some of them, but not all. I am happy that I am being introduced to even more literature.

Book List:

Required:

The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

Students get to then select one of the following:

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Under a War Torn Sky by L.M. Elliot

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Of course, I will be reading all of the above. I’ve actually already read Under a War Torn Sky, Gossamer, Esperanza Rising, Maniac Magee, and I’m about halfway through with The Single Shard.

I will be doing my book movie trailer project with my students the first couple of weeks in school with these novels. They’ll work in groups. I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out. The books are fantastic, and I can foresee lots of wonderful things being turned in. I love being able to see what students put together, and letting their creative juices flow. It’ll also help me get to know them, and see how they work with one another.

Next year, I’ll get to do my own list, and I think I will be keeping some of the above novels on it. Does anyone else have any great novels they’ve enjoyed doing with their middle school students?

 

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The end of another year….

We have reached yet another end of the year, and I have so much going on in my life.

First, I apologize that I have not updated in a year. As you will see in my About me page, I had a lot of changes this year. It was a very tough year, and I am excited to say that it is almost over, and I will be heading to a new school this next school year. I plan on blogging more often as I share ideas and my thoughts as I revamp my lesson plans for the upcoming year. I will be leaving public education for a Christian private school, but most things I talk about of course can be used at any school.

I hope you will enjoy reading about this next step in my career, and will continue to give me feedback and suggestions as I already begin to plan what I will do this next year.

Characters Welcome

I feel bad that I have yet to blog through my first week of pre-planning. Although, part of me is glad that I didn’t. The end of my week made it better than the beginning. I had a not so wonderful first day, but followed by a good rest of the week. I love my school. I’m still not quite done getting my room the way I want it, but I thought I would share what I have done so far.

I only have 2 mini bulletin boards in my classroom. This is one of them. I have film bulletin board boarders that I placed around it. We aren’t allowed to put butcher paper in the background of our boards, and my board was painted blue so I kept it that way. I used my Hollywood walk of fame stars around my phrase “Characters Welcome.” A little TBS reference, but I thought it was cute, and during open house I enjoyed watching my students go up to the board and try to figure out what books the characters are from.

This is my current reading corner. I need to stuff some of the bean bags that a teacher at my school gave me. Those posters are of different reading genres. Now, my bookcase isn’t in this corner, but that was only because there isn’t enough room for it. I have it placed on one side of my room. I’m hoping to eventually do more with this area, but I figure it’s a start.

I have a few Hollywood signs (4 to be exact) I placed 2 on each side above my dry-erase and Smartboard. I haven’t finished with my Hollywood border on this mini board. I placed my calendar there, and my director’s chair. I also have my 2 student computers placed up front. The one on the left had to be there to be connected to the Smartboard. It just seemed to be easier to have both placed over there.

One of my favorite things is the inside of my door. I have a marquee with my name on it. I have my tickets and popcorn and my red carpet. My door is usually open, and I feel as though it’s a great way to welcome them into my room.

This is right outside my door. I wanted a cute welcome sign outside that was fun and easy for them to get to. I know they’re going to be confused that first week of school with getting to their classes.

These are just a few of the things that I have done so far. I will be heading to my school tomorrow, Sunday, for a few hours to finish it up. I’ll be sure to take some more pictures and I will try to blog again tomorrow evening as it is my last day before classes start up.

“A smile is the universal welcome. ” -Max Eastman