Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Scoop

I made it through my first week! It was awesome, really. 7th graders are great and I am excited about the rest of the year.
Of course, every day I learn something new that I have to do - I am trying my best to keep up with it all.
I left school around 5:00 each day (keeping up with my goal! woohoo!) but I spent quite a few hours yesterday afternoon and today working on school stuff.
However, a lot of it is creating rubrics, setting up the reading response letter system, laminating vocab cards for the I am thinking that it won't always be like this :) right? right.

Here are a few activities students completed this past week:

(Intsa-goal, Twitter Student Profile, and Reading/Writing Survey)

The first week at my school is all about procedures and expectations - so starting on Monday (tomorrow!) we will be getting down to business.

The first unit is all about plot, setting, and character. We will start our first whole-group short story (Seventh Grade by Gary Soto) and start diving into elements of plot.

One of my goals this weekend was to get a candy jar...I saw a few other Middle School teachers in my building had one, so I knew I needed one too :)

Starbursts - $4.00
Jar -$3.00 (at Marshall's!)
Bribing students with candy...priceless.

Really though, my plan for this is as an extra reward for students who have gone above and beyond. This week, I am offering a starburst to anyone who finds the latin root "lect" in a new word that we haven't discussed.

I am linking up with The Teaching Trio for this short and sweet (love this idea!) Sunday link-up.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Congratulations on a great first week! Getting to know your students is so critical in middle, especially 7th graders. I looped with two different groups of kids twice and 7th grade was always "interesting!" Best wishes this year!

    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading your blog and gaining more tips for beginning teachers!

  2. Glad you had a great first week! I'm going into week 4 and I think I will finally have some time to read those student info sheets! :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa :) that makes me feel better to hear that you are just getting around to it on week four...I guess I can give myself a little break!

  3. I always love reading my 3rd graders' getting to know you sheets. It usually lets me know more about their literacy skills than anything else. Thanks for linking up with us!
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