Back to School!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new school year.  Students don’t start until Thursday, but tomorrow and Wednesday we have staff and training days.

My favorite thing about tomorrow’s staff day?  The building is open for an hour in the afternoon so families can come in and kids can find their rooms, meet their new teachers.  This is the first time in six years that I have a class that’s completely new to second grade – no repeaters on my roster.  And only one is the younger sibling of a former student.  Lovely new batch!  I can’t wait to meet them all and get started.

I’m particularly excited to start the new school year because a coworker and I spent two days this summer developing a new writing curriculum.  It’s a true writer’s workshop format, which I’ve never been able to successfully implement before, mostly due to scheduling.  Plus, our old writing program didn’t lend itself well to the writer’s workshop format.  But I foresee great things in student literature if things work the way I hope.

I’m also implementing a version of the CAFE Method, not the full Daily 5 because I don’t have enough time in my reading block.  I guess it’s more of a Daily 3 or Daily 4 – three stations and one reading group for every student.  Fingers are crossed that it works.

So summer is over, but I’m ready to go back.  Positive thoughts!  Good things ahead!

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