Then Wednesday I went to a workshop so I didn't give myself much of a break before I started thinking about next year. I am wanting to do some long range planning. I want to look at which math standards I want to teach during the different months. I also am planning some author/book studies for each month. Once I get some of this settled, I think I can start making some units to go along with them.
So far these are the authors I'm thinking of:
- Laura Numeroff to start the school year off
- Bill Peet - My fiance loved his books when he was a kids so I'm working on a collection of those.
- Kevin Henkes
- Eric Carle
- Mo Willems
- Splat the Cat books
- SkippyJon Jones
So my brain is on overload trying to process all this information. I'm hoping if I start dumping it out and organizing some things it will get better. I got a ton of ideas from this workshop I went to earlier in the week. I'm thinking of doing a workshop Wednesday post each week and share an idea or two that I learn. I'm going to another workshop on Tuesday that I think is about differentiated instruction. Or I might just stick to my subject areas I was posting before the end of school got crazy.
I love blogging for so many reasons. One of the reasons I love it is it keeps me excited about my job. It gives me access to people who are excited about their job. It makes me feel a lot less dorky that I'm already thinking about what I want to do next year and the summer has barely started. Sometimes, I feel like the only person who is still excited about school. I feel like I'm surrounded by negativity. I thought maybe I was just needing a break from some people that I work with but then at this workshop I was at last week, I was sitting with people from another school and it was the same thing. It is so refreshing to read blogs and make friends with people who are not afraid to try something new or work a little harder so their kids succeed. Anyway, this post is all over the place. I would love to hear what you're thinking. What do you do when your brain is on overload? I'm working on dumping mine out slowly and hopefully will have some freebies when I get finished. I'm working on a table now to help organize some long range planning.
Last but not least, I haven't heard from anyone about a bloggy get together during July in the Gatlinburg area. I would love to meet some new friends or maybe see some old friends. Leave me some love if you are interested.