We actually go back a full week before the students. By Wednesday, we had already sat through 2 full days of meetings/presentations, but the fun didn't stop there. Wednesday was district curriculum day! All 4th grade teachers went to another all day affair regarding math and the new STAAR test. It is definitely going to be more rigorous than the TAKS test. 75% of the problems on the test will have mathematical processing skills embedded, which basically means we need to step it up in problem solving skills. I like where this is going, because I do think problem solving skills are the skills that these kids NEED for the future. That being said, I know it is something that many of our students struggle with. It's a little nerve-wracking, but I know our kiddos can do it. Any other Texas teachers feeling some anxiety with the new STAAR? Comment below...we may need to start a support group.
Meet the Teacher was Thursday night and a huge success! I had all but three of my students come and say hello. Since I am looping with nearly half my class, it was fun to see so many kids and parents that I already knew. All of the students were very friendly and eager to say hello. I even got hugs from the newbies! We are going to be an awesome class... I can just tell. :)
So, school starts on Monday and I'm as ready as I am going to be. I only have one more thing to figure out. What will my clean-up song be this year? I'm hoping to speed up the end of the day routine by giving a time limit in a fun way. I figure we can all sing along, clean, and pack. Hmmm... I like the 50's hit "Yackity Yack" and I could see the kids really getting into saying, "yackity yack, don't talk back." But, I'm not sold on the idea. I also thought about the Mission Impossible theme, but no words. I just can't decide.
Any song suggestions? Please comment below with your ideas.
Expo markers are a teacher's best friend and the giveaway ends tonight!
I will announce a winner tomorrow.