1-Bu is getting better and better each day! It's been a lot of fun watching the students come out of their shells and make new friends.
Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week :
Reading : We started to fine tune many of our reading workshop expectations and procedures last week, from how to put books back in bins correctly to what the students should do if they have various types of problems during reading. As each day passes, the students are becoming more and more independent.
The students have also been having a lot of fun sharing their favorite books and favorite reading memories. I'm learning a lot about the students through their favorite book choices!
Writing : We haven't formally launched writing workshop yet (that's next week!), but the students have been working on various beginning of the year writing tasks. Last week, they spent a lot of time creating the All About Me posters that you saw displayed at Back to School Night.
Math : Last week, we spend a lot of time talking about basic math principles like recognizing quantities, estimating, and counting. In first grade, we place a lot of emphasis on the students developing their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills. We've started developing those skills already, by having in depth discussions during which the students are expected to explain the methods and techniques they used to arrive at their answers.
Phonics : At the beginning of the year, we are reviewing all of the letters and their sounds. So far, we've gone over t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, and o.
Technology : The students are becoming pros at logging on to their Chromebooks and navigating their ways to our Google Classroom. So far, we've been focusing on refining the students' trackpad skills. We've gone over clicking and clicking and dragging. We've been using math games to practice these skills.
This is where I would normally post pictures, at the bottom of a blog post, but I still can't because I don't have a finalized list from the office with who has permission to be posted online, sorry! I promise to post pictures as soon as I can!