Institute Day #2

I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I would have liked during our 45 minutes of grade level planning time today after all of the Institute stuff was done.  We learned all about our new common core curriculum and the standards we are to be covering this year, but we weren’t given anything other than that. Oh, except that we need to be doing group work tasks quite often, but no examples were shared.  Awesome.  The kids come on Thursday and we weren’t given much to go off of.  We did receive the first unit in the spring, but it was just the standards and how it matches our current book.  They told us we would get “everything” at the Institute in the fall (that was today).  I have nothing.  Good thing I did a little planning over the summer, but unfortunately I am now realizing it wasn’t enough and I am now in “ihavenoideawhatiamteachingadaybeforethekidscome” mode.  It’s my 13th year and I feel even more worse off than my first year, that was easy compared to how I feel now.  The positive side is that I did do some planning, there are two other teachers teaching the same subject (8th grade Common Core Math), I have done group work before in my class so I am comfortable with that and that I secretly enjoy challenges.  Plus I do like the freedom to do what I want as long as I hit the Common Core, just means there is A LOT of work ahead of me.  Anyone have suggestions?

I love Pinterest.  I’ve been on there for a while know and recently came across the BEST blog ever for unique and colorful posters, technology rocks, seriously. Check them out, seriously, you will not be disappointed! I think I saved most of the files in her School Signs link, so I could turn them into posters.  I did this on Sunday night, since I had just come across her site. Monday morning I researched the cost to turn some into posters for my classroom through Staples, Kinkos, etc.  WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! We have a District print center available to us and I played around with it on Monday and figured out I could print the sign files on 11×17 paper for $0.36 EACH!  And a 24×36 poster in color is only $5. Amazing! I emailed in the files and directions and was told they would be done on Thursday evening and would be delivered on Friday (boo, the kids come on Thursday). Today I called during our lunch break, they had just finished printing them all and allowed me to go directly to them to pick them up. Yeah!  Then I dropped them off in our Library to be laminated and they were done within the hour! Even better!  The timing ended up great and now they are all cut and ready to be put up tomorrow so I can finish decorating my room.  Overall the day ended on a good note. It’s amazing how cool posters, fun new shiny stuff for the classroom and organizing it all makes me a happy girl!

One more day before the kids come! Hopefully I will have pictures to share of my room tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “Institute Day #2

  1. Seems like you’re planning is just as short as mine. Check out http://illustrativemathematics.org/ for tasks other than the ones provided in your county’s scope and sequence. Awesome tasks that you can stretch out in any class period provided that you work them out first and come up with some deeper questioning and address some mistakes the kids’ll make.

  2. Love the signs–going to try to use them this year (hoping we have a reasonable cost printing method around here).

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