Here are the rules:
P is for Product: My favorite product that I've created is my Investigating Arctic Animals unit. My students did such a great job with their posters they created. Plus, I get to use this for a project in my grad school class, so I'm doubly excited. :-)
This is one of the posters one of my students made. Totally awesome. :-)
My students did such a great job with their posters and are totally rocking their books! I can't wait to share them with you! They are totally excited about making the posters and books, and they are excited to share them with their families!
A is for Area: My favorite area in my classroom is definitely my classroom library. However, don't get me started on the fact that I really can't trust the particular group of students that is in my room for reading, which means that I actually can't "open it" because I can't trust them. This thoroughly depresses me. I have chairs and pillows and carpet squares available to use, and they've barely gotten any use this year. :-( (That really is a whole other can of worms that I will not open in this post.)
Even more depressing is that I don't have a decent picture of my actual classroom library. And the power supply on my desktop computer died last week, so I can't access any of my pictures right now. :-( I may have one of my library from last year on there. This kind of shows what it looks like, but mostly the picture is of my bunting. How in the world do I not have a picture of my library on this blog?
S is for Signal: My signal for transitions actually differs based on the time of day. In the mornings, we do guided reading, so I use a timer. When the timer goes off, the kids know to clean up and stand behind their table/area. During the rest of the day, I have a chime that I use. Whenever the chime rings, the kids know it is time to stop what they are working on and clean up. Occasionally, I will use "give me five!" but I prefer the chime.
S is for Sanity: I can't really say I have any ritual or "happy spot" at work. I guess my day is so busy, I don't really have any time to chill out or take a break. I do enjoy when we have breakfast in the classroom, because the kids and I eat breakfast, and I get the chance to sit and talk to them or listen to their conversations. Most of the time, they are pretty hilarious! I don't get to do that much, so I like it. Or they'll practice math facts. But they want to practice stuff like 100 + 100 and then ask me if the answer is correct! They are too funny!