For me, this is my last official day of summer vacation. While I'm excited for the start of the new school year, I have to admit that I will miss taking a mid-day nap each day! We have 6 days of pre-planning prior to the first day for students. I am conducting a 7 hour training for our teachers on Wednesday on The Common Core State Standards: Shift #1- Text Complexity. This is an exciting time for us as teachers, but this first shift isn't as simple as it may appear. Text that used to be our trusty old favorites in our classrooms may be looked at in a different way once we analyze the text based on the qualitative, quantitative and student/task lens. I'll share more after our training on Wednesday, and am eager to hear all of your thoughts on how you are making the shift to CCSS and in particular how you are ensuring that ELA standard 10 is addressed with the rigor and depth it was intended to.
On a lighter note, there are two things I am excited about today. First, I am actually going to be liking up for my first Made It Monday tomorrow- that is if my "crafting" goes as planned today! Secondly, my bloggy friend, Corrina, from Teaching Fabulous Firsties is having a 100 Follower Give Away. I am joining in her celebration and contributing my Owl Themed "READ" and WELCOME" banners.
Just a reminder that I am having a Back to School sale in my teacher's notebook store through August 13th-all items are 30% off. Click any item below to take you to my store.