Taking a vacation late in the summer, just a week before in-service, was a refreshing respite, helped me to adjust my focus, and prepare for back to school.
Speaking of focusing, did you read Martha Moore's excellent guest blogger post on focus walls? If not, you can read about it here. She inspired me to take the plunge and begin designing my own focus wall.
As a reading specialist, I work with varying grade levels both in a pull-out and push-in setting. My plan is to adapt the concept of a focus wall for my pull-out groups this year. I will not know the students I am working with until the beginning of the year assessments are completed. However, I started designing my focus wall cards around a polka dot theme that will match the owl theme I have going in my room. Here is a sampling what I have so far:
|Frames: The 3 AM Teacher and Ms. Fultz's Corner|
What would you like to see included in a focus wall packet? Leave a comment and I will do my best to include it! My goal is to have this finished and listed in my store early next week.
Now, this is totally off-topic and some of you may think I've totally lost my focus (but you already knew that! HA!)... I want to learn more about WBT (Whole Brain Teaching) as one of my professional goals this year. Have you been trained in WBT? Do you use WBT? What is one professional book that is a must-read on this topic? If you have a minute, leave me a suggestion!
As a thank you, I would be happy to send you a FREE copy of my focus wall set if you leave a comment on one or both of the questions above. Just leave a comment by Monday (8/27/12) morning. Don't forget to leave your email address!
Thanks for your help! I know I can count on you for wonderful ideas!
Have a great weekend... get some rest, enjoy spending time with family, and savor every minute of these fleeting days of summer!