Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Been A While...

It seems like just yesterday I was finishing getting my classroom in order and everything done before the first day of school...has it really been almost three weeks since then? I knew I would be busy once school started but not this busy. I know I have been neglecting this blog, but real life and my students come first. With that being said, I finally have a few minutes where I can share what has been happening in my classroom.

It's been a major transition from teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Literacy Enrichment where I saw my students every other day to just 6th grade ELA where I see my students every day. I got very used to the same schedule for five years and now it's almost like my first year over again. Each day I am getting more and more comfortable. I'm hoping that pretty soon everything will go back to feeling normal.

Here are just a few glimpses into what has been happening in my classroom the past few weeks. I always have my students create acrostic poems on the first day as a way for them to introduce themselves to me and their new classmates. I was pleasantly surprised by how creative and how much thought the majority of my students put into this activity.

We also worked on a placemat consensus activity on setting classroom norms and expectations. I combined this with an activity that I saw on Pinterest. So now I have these awesome student created posters hanging in my classroom.

I also introduced the Student Shout Outs to my students. This is my way of encouraging my students to reward their classmates for making positive choices and going above and beyond each day in class. I was so happy with the result at the end of the first week. You can grab your own version of the Student Shout Outs in my TPT store.

Check back soon for another look inside my classroom. Until then keep that creativity flowing :)


  1. Love the shout out idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Love your wall of fame sign! Would you mind sharing how you made it?