School is back - with a vengeance!!

I have to admit, I don't really understand that saying...

Never the less, the school year has well and truly started, and while I was going to spend the first two weeks in "getting to know you, setting expectations" mode, I've decided to skip all that nonsense and just get straight into my guided teaching programme as of tomorrow.

Oh wooooaah!!  "Slow down" I hear all you veteran teachers out there saying... I'm good. Trust me, I'm a teacher.  Haha, I've always wanted to say that.

Right I'm getting off topic.  MY POINT is, I can remember being at school and having to do all those "All about me" posters, and the holiday writing, and all that other stuff that was the SAME EVERY YEAR... (even if the teacher was clever enough to change things up slightly, it was still the same thing) so I will be teaching my students the routines, and expectations etc. in the context of how we will actually be learning this term.  Besides, we work very closely as a team at my school, so there are only 5 kids in my class that I didn't already know/hadn't already taught at some point.

I tend to change things up each term, well not so much change, as modify and build on, so this week is all about getting my Reading Circuit going.  I will do a blog series about this once it's all up and running so that you can see how this masterpiece works.  Really it is wonderful.  Trust me! (Remember, I'm a teacher?)

ANY way, I feel that I've gotten off track.
This is what I WILL be teaching this week.
  1. I'm going to start each day with Jivey's Mentor Sentences!  I love how she has set this unit up in such an easy to use way.  AND I love that I have finally managed to find most of the books that she uses! Apparently, New Zealand libraries/book stores don't like to stock the books I need.  If you haven't seen what these mentor sentences are all about, you DEFINITELY need to head over to Jivey's blog and check them out.
  2. My Reading Circuit will be the main focus of this week.  I wont be teaching guided reading groups yet, but I will be going over all my expectations/routines/everything with a fine tooth comb with my kiddos so that this gets off the ground PERfectly.  
  3. Maths - We are working on Statistics skills this week.  I will cover everything from tally charts to pie graphs, stopping in at the land of bar graphs, and pictograms on the way.
  4. Writing - We will be writing boring stories this week.  The kids will ONLY be allowed to use simple sentences to tell their stories.  For two reasons. 1, so that they craft perfect sentences each and every time. 2, so that we can see why authors use a variety of sentence structures in their writing.  (I've never done this before, so HOPEFULLY it has the desired effect).  Stop back later in the week to find out if it worked!!
  5. In the afternoons we will be working our way through the Cool Schools programme to set up Peer Mediation in our class. (The video is a sneak peek into what peer mediation is all about)

I also have to choose my student council, train our road patrollers, and have a parent meeting about camp this week! GOSH it's going to be a busy one.  But that's okay, I like it busy!!

I'm linking this post up with Mrs Laffin's Laughings "Peek at my week" linky.

Learning to be Awesome


  1. I like this! I think I may take your approach when the school year starts next year. I want to focus more on routines and expectations and less of that back to school "fluff," especially with the older kids. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  2. WOW, your summer vacation seemed really short! How long was it? In the US, we usually get about 10-12 weeks off.

    Have a great week! Hope all goes well with your new routines.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Good luck in your new school year!
    I like that you are setting up a peer mediation program. I truly believe that when students have more ownership, they will act more responsible.

    Have a great week!
    Fit to be Fourth

  4. Good luck with your new school year. I am always anxious to just get started already too! I also use Jivey's mentor sentences - LOVE them!


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