Monday, July 25, 2011

The Time Is Near

It's hard to believe there are only 16 days of summer left... where did the summer go???? While I can't complain too much because I have had my share of summer adventure (NASCAR races, camping fun, pool time and motorcycle trips etc.), it IS hard to let go!
I have learned sooooo... much this summer from teacher blogs and have really enjoyed trying my hand at it! Not to mention my new addiction to pinterest...WOW! I could spend hours.
Now... how do you choose which of the many WONDERFUL ideas to implement?????
These are my "plans":
1. Implement a more structured multiplication facts daily homework program.
2. Make 6 crate seats for guided reading table.
3. Use anchor charts more....I have found many wonderful models on pinterest.
4. Improve my writing workshop with Lucy Calkins Units of Study.
5. Do more hands on science experiments and utilize interactive science notebooks better.
6. Integrate technology seamlessly throughout my curriculum.
OK...I'm overwhelmed even typing it. This is only my 2nd year in 4th grade. I taught kindergarten and first grade for my 1st 17 years. So...... look out 2nd year of fourth grade... here I come! Thank you all for your sharing of wonderful ideas!


  1. Becky I know what you are going through, I am also beginning my 2nd year of teaching 4th grade after spending 8 years teaching kindergarten. I love every minute of it! I would love to hear more about your ideas for the multiplication facts. That seemed to be a big weak spot for my kids last year and I am worried it will be this year too.


  2. Do you have to teach Information Resources to your 4th graders? If so, any great resources you use?

  3. Becky,
    I got your email off your profile so expect your math task cards soon.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  4. Cindy- I found the same thing my first year teaching 4th. We have always used nightly reading logs, so I figured why not use nightly multiplication fact practice logs. I am still new to blogging and haven't quite mastered uploading documents, but I'd be happy to email you a copy of what I created if you send me your email address to Glad to know I am not the only one who switched and love it!!!!

  5. Erica- what do you mean by information resources... Will be happy to share!

  6. Denise- Yea! Thank you so much! I was very excited!

  7. Becky, that would be great thanks SO much! My email address is

  8. Hi! It's my first year teaching 4th and am so overwhelmed! Any suggestions would be great! Did you do a reading log in 4th?


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I have been teaching for 20 years. This year I am beginning a new adventure as I move on up to 5th grade!