charts · common core · math · standards for mathematical practice

The times. They are a-changing.

Hello, friends!

Every time I start to type a post on my sad little blog I make all types of resolutions about how I’m going to be better.  It’s just so tricky for me to find that balance during the school year.  It’s at the very top of my summer to do list, and I’m hoping to find lots of inspiration in the relaxation (or crazy busy-ness) of the summer.

I’m here today to share some incredibly exciting news.  (Well, at least it’s incredibly exciting to me.)  After 4 years with my current school, I decided to take a new position at a different school next year.  Teaching kindergarten!  Which is funny, because if you know me I always swore up and down that I would never go younger than first.  But, the school that I’m moving to has all the things I’m looking for, so I’m testing the waters of kindergarten, and I figure if I decide it’s not for me I can probably adjust grade levels again in a year or two.  Right??  While I have no idea where/what I’m going to do with all the stuff I’ve accumulated over 4 years (no garage, live in an apartment), I am really excited for a new start in the fall.  It will be hard to leave the friends I’ve made over the past 4 years, but I’m pretty confident that I made the right decision.

Over the summer I’ll probably start to transition to some more kindergarten based content, but I’m hoping to still share some first grade shenanigans.  I’m also planning to read Smarter Charts over the summer (I’ve heard a TON of great things about that book!)   In case you’re not familiar, basically the author talks about how to make charts useful to kids by illustrating processes and making charts interactive.  

And I’m also planning to finish Putting the Practices Into Action, a great book about the SMPs (standards for mathematical practice) in the Common Core.  I actually got this book (an embarrassingly long time ago) at a PD and started it, but then got busy with school and didn’t finish it.  I’m excited to go back and re-read/finish it because it has tons of actionable ideas for a variety of grade levels and it’s a very easy read.

And in non-teacher related news, I’m planning to read The Fault in Our Stars.  Just because.  Should anything else be on my summer reading list?

Enjoy the rest of the week!


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