Monday, September 12, 2016

Back In The Swing Of Things

Getting back into the swing of things is always difficult. I forget how long it takes me to blow dry my hair, pack school lunches, find a lovey for my 2yr old, and take care of the other 300 things I need to do each morning. During the summers we stay in PJ's or go right to our swimsuits and just relax. I always remind my family and friends that during the months of August and September I will be a complete mess... all over the place.. and off the map (drinking a lot of chocolate milkshakes!)! But good news - I am back in the SWING OF THINGS NOW!
We are approaching the 20th day of school here in Florida and I finally feel like my sandy toes are brushed off and I am back in the swing of my normal schedule. This year our school schedule even shifted a little and our summer break was shorter than normal, so it took some extra time in the morning to get myself moving.
Each year as I am prepping for school I reflect on some practices that I have been doing over the past 12 years as well as think about some new ideas I would want to implement in my classroom. With the new buzz around homework I took a good look at what my homework procedures have been. I have always been an advocate for meaningful and purposeful learning. My favorite time with my own children is when we are curled up on the couch or in a comfy chair with books. I love reading to my boys and love hearing them read to me.
The main focus of my students homework is their "Book-in-a-Bag." These books are sent home each night on their independent reading level. Some students return the book the next day while others will keep the book for a few nights and then switch it out. I feel like this is helping my students and parents because they are coming home with new books and ready to read each night.

As you are brushing off that summer dust take a look at my Book-in-a-Bag for your classroom routines. It is providing my families with meaningful and purposeful learning each night.
Wishing you a great 2016/17 school year. May you have quick blow dries and drink a few chocolate milkshakes on the way home from school.


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