I spent from 7am to 6pm yesterday moving into my new school. Not sure why I have some much to move in and unpack ….actually, I do know why. I teach Reading 6 and therefore have tons of books!! It is also my 28th year as a teacher so I have almost 3 decades of collecting my favorite picture books and novels to share with my students. Plus, the pencils, notebooks, post-it notes, glue sticks, bulletin board boarders, anchor chart paper, whiteboard markers. Lucky for me, I’m in a much bigger classroom with lots of storage. Now, ALL 20+ boxes are emptied and the books and materials have a shelf to call home.
Today, I made these four signs to hang in the back of my room:
They will join these speech-bubble faces I’ve made over the years:
Ellin Keene – We talk to understand
Lucy Calkins: Writing changes the world
Carl Anderson – How’s it going?
Cornelius Minor – Be a producer, not a consumer of tech
Kathleen Tolan – Build a Reading Life
Jen Serravallo – Teach students how to read at each level
Kelly Boland – Students set and meet goals using the learning progressions
As I teach, these amazing educators will “watch” me and nudge me to be the best teacher I can for my students.
Whose shoulders are YOU standing on this year?
Whose photo would YOU add to your classroom wall as a reminder?