Saturday, August 13, 2011

And We're Off to Another Great Year!!

My blog has been slightly silent for the past few weeks due to a few workshops that I've had to prep and teach for AIMS Education Foundation  and starting to work in my classroom. I've put in a new survey about what you'd like to see in the blog and so as next week progresses, I'll work on some assessment things that I do and in the next few weeks, I'll have some student samples ready for you all. 

We go back to school in Haywood County next week and I know some of you have already started back. If you're like me and are making changes to your curriculum and/or pedagogy, this is the time to jump in and start it. I find that I have problems in making major shifts in my pedagogy if I don't plan and get it started right away. So now is the time, get those composition books, graph paper in binders, spiral notebooks, WHATEVER you want to you, plan it out and jump right in!! 

Here's to a fantastic year for you, the teachers and your students. I know you will be making a positive difference in the lives of your students this year! Happy New School Year!


  1. Hi Carla,
    Each year I work to come up with a plan for integrating prepared sheets into my notebooks. Is there a method that you have found that works best? I have tried taping/gluing pages into the book and creating a separate 3-ring binder but it always seems like we are losing things! Any feedback that you could provide would be great!

  2. Julie,
    I've had the same problem. This year I'm taping the pages into my notebooks. In the past, I've put my rubric and notebook guideline into a three ring binder and yes, they always seem like they disappear. Since they have to refer to these a lot, they will now be taped in, that way there is no "I don't know where it is."

    With other things if they have something that's part of their activity that they need for data or such, I have had my students glue/tape it in. It doesn't happen often, but if it's a direct part of their lab, it goes in there. Things like maps, difficult graphs, hurricane tracking charts all will be in their notebook.
    Their science section of their three ring binder will be for assignment sheets (like the one for the cover) and any other hand outs that are not directly tied into their activity.
    Hand out and vocabulary have always been something that I have to try..and usually try again! It all boils down to what works best for you and your students.

  3. Thanks Carla -- I am going to continue on with taping/gluing some and 3-ring others and hope that we don't lose too much!
    Have a great year!