Until Saturday however, I and many of you have been living a lie. It's not summer yet. Yes, school may be out, but technically on the calendar it's still spring. It ACTUALLY becomes summer officially on June 21st. And for that, I wanted to celebrate! So I'm throwing a lil' sale!
Stop by my store on Saturday to enjoy 20% off all my products. Hopefully you'll find a lil' ray of sunshine in my shop that might help you out next year!
On a separate note...
The last couple of resources I've made haven't been academic based, but rather social based. I truly believe the idea that if kids don't feel safe at school, they will not learn. I also am a firm believer in high expectations and giving kids the tools (not the answers) to solving their problems both in and out of the school setting. That's why I think think the first couple of weeks are so important in cultivating a supportive classroom. As I begin to think of my new group of kiddos next year, I thought, "Hey, why not make this a talking point on the old blog?" I've got a lot of expectations to teach into as well as build a positive learning environment. I've got some tried and true tips, resources, and strategies, but I'm always looking for new ideas too. So I came up with the series...
What does it all entail?
I've planned out 9 topics for the next 9 Tuesdays that all tie into taming the crazy in our classrooms. Some of them are from my RC background, some are from CLR training this past year (cultural and linguistic responsive teaching), some are from our Olweus and Welcoming Schools work from last year. I'll be sharing what has worked for me in each of these areas (as well as what hasn't), sharing resources and activities for you to test out, and I'm hoping to make it into a link-up so that YOU can share your amazing tips, resources and strategies as well! (Of course the fear that no one will link up looms over me, but hey- it's worth a shot right??)
Here's the schedule:
I'm excited to do this to help myself prepare for the new school year and hopefully get some new ideas from you all. Some will feature posts that I've already shared, with some additional resources added... others are topics I haven't shared yet. A couple of these Tuesdays, I'll be in Italy (Awful, huh?) but I plan on writing them ahead of schedule to keep the rhythm going!
So, next Tuesday will be the kick of to this lil' summa' series and I hope you stop by and link up (I still have to figure out how to do that part... I've got til Tuesday :) hehe).
Last but not least, I'm stoked:
Ok. That's enough for now. Go and enjoy your "almost" summer. :)