I really kind of dread Open House Night. Over the previous 4 school years, I moved to a different school each year (and 3 different counties) so everyone does things differently. It was nerve racking thinking I was not doing things the same as the team who had been in place for years. Well, this year I am in the same place!! YEAH! I feel much better about what I am doing and about how this school and my new team do things. I am really loving my school and the great people I work with.
Also, thanks to my new addiction to teaching blogs...I had several things to show the parents that I was really excited about. I felt so prepared and confident about the things I had to show them how their kids were doing this year and what things we are going to be working on. So here are the things I laid out and who the inspiration came from. Thanks blogging buddies!
*The gray journal is the beginning journal we give our K kids with just plain manila paper and a line to define drawing space on top and writing space in bottom. The teachers write a sentence the kids dictate and they trace over it to get the feel of what a good sentence looks like.
* The next is a Math Journal inspired by Mrs. Wills. She has this on her blog.
* Next is an Interactive Writing Notebook from Ms. Patton. Check out her Writing Interactive Notebook Pack at her TpT store. Also, check out her blog, it is really great!
* The last one is also from Mrs. Wills. I love how it describes the stages of writing for the parents. I don't think most parents know what to look for in writing and how it develops. I thought this was a great resource for them. I also included her stages of writing scoring guides for grading K writing. I am going to use this on every writing assignment I grade.
I think it really helped to have so much to show. Thanks so much to all for the inspiration! I love my job and I actually loved Open House this year.