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The themes for this month are *Professional Development *Problem Solving *Prepare *Play. The theme of prepare was especially relevant for me right now as I get ready to switch grade levels. It's a bit scary to leave your comfort zone. I've taught 1st grade for 7 years and will now be teaching 3rd. Most of the students had me for 1st grade so I have to make sure that NOTHING is the same or they will call me on it! That I know! So, I am re-thinking everything from classroom decor to homework. It's almost like being a new teacher!
While I was thinking about preparing for a new grade level the idea of an A-Z list popped into my head and I wondered if there were enough items for each letter. As I started jotting down notes, I was pleasantly surprised by how many topics I came up with and how neatly they fit with each letter.
Of course, there were a few that were difficult. I was mulling over "z" and asked my son what words I could use for this project. He immediately said zombie! What??? Wait...that just might work...
I also asked him about "x" and said that I already had thought of Xerox. He said "what is that?" LOL! So, then I asked my other son and even gave him a sample of how you could use the word and he had no idea. I admit that I haven't heard the word used for years, but I did think it was kind of still something that was public knowledge. Apparently not! So for all of you teachers who are younger than *cough* Xerox was the name of the company that made copy machines and many people used that word for copy - kind of like you use the word Kleenex for a tissue. Let's move along now that I feel ancient!
I've created this FREE downloadable document to help new teachers or those who are at a new grade level or school. Other teachers may still find it useful to review some of the things that we need to think about and prepare over the summer break. It has a lot of links to freebies, blog posts and articles. What would you add to the list?
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