1. We celebrated the 100th day of school today. I teach 3rd grade, and this is the first time I've celebrated the 100th day. The only other class that did it was one of the kindergarten classes. But I have to say, my kids absolutely loved it, and it was a great way to reflect on our year so far. It was also just a great way to relax a little and have some fun together. We made crowns, and I loved this one because he added the "sparkling of the jewels" on top:
I found it at Julie Lee's TPT store. Click on the picture to get it for your 100th day next year!
2. It seems like we are winding up the year already in Math because we are moving on to the last few things the kids need to know before we just start reviewing for state testing. This week, we worked on perimeter and area with Amy Lemon's unit. Their favorite activity was probably finding the perimeter and area of Cheez-it shapes they made!
3. I started a new system for posting our daily schedule and objectives on the board every day. Previously, I was just putting the objectives up. But I found these free schedule cards by Cara Carroll on TPT, and so now I post our daily schedule and write the objectives next to Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science. The cards are really cute and brighten up the board. The kids like seeing our schedule (even though we pretty much do the same routine every day)!
4. I have a child who has serious behavior issues when he's upset. We're working on a reward system to help him control his emotions. When asked what rewards he might like, included on his list was for me to make him dinner! That cracked me up - he sure has high expectations for his rewards!
5. When meeting with our new principal today, I noticed several professional development books on his bookshelf. While browsing, I asked if they were his. He said no, and I could feel free to take what I want. Score! I chose 2 books, including this one by Debbie Diller:
I love the progress my kids make during small group time, and I'm sure I'll find lots of great ideas in here! Can't wait to start reading it!