This is the first year that I can remember that we started school on a Monday and went five days to Friday. Normally, we come mid-week for a few days and then hit the ground running the next week. Instead, we had five full days and now a three-day weekend before coming back to a short week.
I admit: I was exhausted yesterday afternoon.
But I think my new students – 76 sixth graders — are wonderful, and engaged already. Here’s a bit of what we accomplished in our first five days of school:
- Community Building (but I wish we had time to have done more … I will write another time about schedule changes this year that have taken away from this)
- Created accounts and created avatars in our webcomic site
- Finished up an introductory webcomic (an activity called Pro Card), which gets us ready to dive into our first year real project next week, called Dream Scenes
- Did two writing prompts, including a creative writing/expository writing/art element about an imaginary treehouse
- Introduced vocabulary and set the bi-weekly system in motion
- Read a short story and began to connect with literary concepts (protagonist/antagonist, foreshadowing, etc.)
- Worked on an organizational chart for planning a literature response piece, which will get written next week
- Laughed a lot and had students feeling like writers
That last one is important, even if it is not on the standards. It sets the stage for all the hard work and deep writing I hope we can accomplish as the year progresses.
Peace (on Saturday),