Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Getting down to business

The kids and adults seemed to have settled into a routine.  Parents often wonder what their child's day is like, and in third grade, it's all about routine.  When they come in for the morning, the students have learned to check the board for the morning message.  Sometimes it directs them to go to their email and follow the morning greeting message sent to them.  Other times, there is work to complete at their seats.  Either way, it is a time for the adults in the room to say good morning to the students and make sure each one has what he or she needs to be successful for the day.  It's also a little bit of social time for the kids.  

Then, by 8:20 the call for morning greeting is called.  On the particular morning below, we were greeting the whole third grade so that we could then practice mindfulness with Ms. Bowen.  We usually do this whole grade meeting on Wednesdays.

On this day, after mindfulness, it was off to PE.  It was BIKE WEEK!  We are embracing growth mindset throughout our day, and bike week was no exception. I heard tales of kids getting better and better with their biking skills.  

The ladies in the photo below certainly proved "no pain, no gain."   They each had a bloody injury, but also had smiles to show they survived!

By this point in the day the kids are starving and it's snack time.  The students love snack time because they get to sit and socialize.  Once in a while we let them venture through the "wallway" between the two third grades and they can eat with their other classmates.

Following snack it's time to get back to work.  Math with me is first followed by literacy with Mrs. Pfeiffer.  After these core times, it's time for interactive read aloud.  Our first book is called Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant.  

Lunch and recess is next, followed by silent reading, reading groups three times a week, science or social studies.  At 2:20 we all start to pack up, gather our materials and unfinished work and get ready for the following day.

Third grade is a busy time, but the students are getting used to our expectations and are meeting many challenges.  

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