Wednesday, March 21, 2012

K-2 Linky Party

I am so late to this party. I kept meaning to link up but then I didn't. I'm trying to get in the habit of posting more so I thought this would be a great start to a post. I'm linking up with Kindergarten Lifestyle. Check out the party and all the great blogs. I can't keep up with all the blogs I follow now. My google reader continually has between 200 and 300 blogs to read. I try to catch up on the weekends but it just doesn't help. I am wondering, how do other teachers keep up with all the ideas they see on blogs? Do you have some great method for keeping track of different ideas? I need some help with this. I find so many good things and it has changed the way I teach but I just can't keep up with it all. I was just reading a blog post over at Under the Alphabet Tree about how blogging has changed her teaching. It got me thinking about how it has changed my teaching.
I think the biggest way is I expect more out of kids than I ever did before. Curriculum and standard wise we've been expected to have our kids reading by the end of the school. This is the first time I feel like I"m doing a good job with that. My students are excelling. I've implemented Daily 5 to some extent and they are loving read to self. The word attack strategies with the animals have helped my students a ton too. It has given me different ways to approach the skills they need. I'm also a lot more reflective on my teaching that I was before. Blogging about my teaching and lessons, helps me reflect on it in a different and more meaningful way.
That's my thought for the day. We still have rest time and my kids are currently resting. Today was the first day I thought to give them their book bags from Read to Self to read during this time. They have been so good. Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.
Be sure to check out the party and to leave me some comment love. Tell me how you keep track of good ideas or how blogging has  changed your teaching.


  1. Blogging has affected my teaching in similar ways. I expect more out of them and they have shown they can do it. My kids loved getting their book boxes during rest time, but we are no longer resting.

  2. Hello! Just found your blog and tried to post a little earlier. It didn't go through then so I apologize if this is ends up being a duplicate! I love reading blogs and looking for that perfect idea to spark some creativity in my own planning each week! I'm never disappointed and can always find some idea I can use.

    I'm your newest follower =)