Preparing the Way
It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting longer, there is a slight chill to the air and the “Great Minnesota Get-together,” otherwise known as our State Fair, is coming to an end. I love the back-to-school time as much as any other teacher. There is great excitement, anticipation and a tremendous amount of work! I have tried my hardest to be organized and prioritize but it is amazing how much work has to be done. One of my goals as a professional is to work on my delegation skills. I have learned to let my assistants help me with labeling, student packets, and project preparation. In order to delegate these tasks, I have had to be proactive and ultra-organized. I have to have materials ready to be assembled and a framework or example for how I want each task to be completed. Although initially a lot of work, this system has helped me focus on bigger and better beginning of the year tasks.
During our workshop time this year I was able to spend the bulk of my time with other collaborating teachers. We discussed curriculum and our strong desire to make sure our learning experiences were aligned with the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. These goals are research based and comprehensive. I am excited to be a part of a team that has committed to providing opportunities that are proven to prepare and support a student as he or she starts a lifetime of learning.
Here are some of the ideas we have brainstormed so far:
Oral Language: Each classroom has a song time in which we will practice nursery rhymes and finger plays to support the language and literacy development indicator.
Morning Meeting: Students will participate in a large group time where they will
greet each other using eye contact and polite words. In addition, they will participate in a sharing time activity and news and announcements. This helps to support the social and emotional development indicator.
Math Manipulative Small Groups: At least once a week, students will meet in a small group. They will work with numerals, simple patterns and one to one correspondence. This supports a portion of the cognitive development indicator.
Fellow teachers: What creative, but important, classroom activities can you recommend to other teachers?