Posts tagged ‘teachers’

74. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

first day jittersRetell: Sarah Hartwell is nervous about going to her new school.  She hides under the covers while Mr. Hartwell urges her to get out of bed.  Luckily the students, the principal and the staff are friendly to Sarah and she eventually feels ready for the first day of school.  It’s a good thing because Sarah isn’t a kid–she’s the teacher.

Topics: first day of school, nervousness, teachers

Units of Study: Realistic Fiction,

Tribes: mutual respect, personal best, attentive listening

Habits of Mind: perseverance

Reading Skills: making connections, making predictions

Thoughts: I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of school!   I’m surprised by my own first day jitters.  Last year I looped with my class.  The night before the first day of school I remember feeling more relaxed because I already knew my students.  Tomorrow I will be starting with a new batch of 4th grade learners.  Though I’m not starting at a new school like Sarah Hartwell, I still feel anxious.  I can only imagine how my students feel.  I hope that after reading this book tomorrow my students will think of ways to help each other fight the first day jitters.

Welcome back to school everyone!

September 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm 1 comment

63. Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler

miss malarkey doesn't live in room 10Retell: A student is convinced that his teachers live at school.  His theory is challenged when Miss Malarkey moves into his apartment building.

Topics: teachers, school

My Thoughts: Several weeks ago Colleen Cruz conducted a workshop on interactive read aloud at our school.  In addition to doing interactive read aloud each day she suggests that we also tuck in moments when we read aloud books that are just plain fun.  Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 is one of those ‘just for fun’ books.  I wonder how many of my students actually believe that I live in an apartment and not in my classroom?  I plan on reading this aloud sometime during the first week of school.  Perhaps I can use ‘just for fun’ read alouds as an incentive to get students to the rug faster.

August 28, 2009 at 9:10 am Leave a comment


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