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Subbing for Myself

I had a substitute teacher in my classroom on Tuesday afternoon while I was attending a monthly inquiry group meeting. There were some aspects of the afternoon that did not go as well as I had hoped, and so I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday discussing with my class what they could do better in the future. 1,296 more words

Fourth Grade

Walking, Walking, Walking

At the end of last year, I had an idea: I’d like to participate in the Illinois Marathon’s 5k event. And while I’m at it, I’d like to see a group of intermediate students from Wiley do it, too. 653 more words

Fourth Grade

Writing with Pictures

I started field testing a Writers’ Workshop program in my classroom last week. For the first few weeks, we spend a lot of time building routines and discussing different ways to write. 569 more words

Fourth Grade

Field Trip: The Magic Flute

One of the amazing benefits of living and teaching in the Champaign-Urbana area (or Urbana-Champaign or Chambana or, as I prefer to call it, Chambanavoy, because Savoy is just as much as part of the wider community as the two bigger cities) is our access to amazing cultural arts that people and especially students in other areas might not get to experience. 498 more words

Fourth Grade

Classroom Jobs

After six weeks of school, I finally decided it was time to start making classroom job assignments. I started using formal assignments last year and found it was a great way to build students’ sense of ownership and responsibility in the classroom. 427 more words

Fourth Grade

Substitute Teachers

I am a part of a number of different committees and inquiry groups that take me away from my classroom from time to time. Most of these absences are for half a day, either the morning or the afternoon. 415 more words

Fourth Grade

Taking Responsibility

One of the core expectations in my classroom, and throughout my school district, is that of being responsible. Responsibility looks different depending on the setting, but it is a core character trait that we deeply believe in fostering in each of our students. 492 more words

Fourth Grade