Although the official start day for teachers has not yet arrived, Maple has been full of activity. Teachers in organizing classrooms, preparing new things and rolling out the new ideas they have come up with over the summer. There are lots of people in the building making ready for students to arrive.
Students are not the only ones that learn throughout the year, teachers do too. Sometimes what we learn is how to help students learn. To facilitate that, a board is now hanging in the teacher's workroom that will have strategies from Discovery Education that are useful in the classroom. These will be changed every 1-2 weeks, depending on how quickly the folder of strategies is empty.
Teachers are invited to grab a strategy and give it a try or to look them up on the Discovery Education site. There are over 100 different types, with more being added regularly. They add fun, thought, and rigor to the classroom. I am looking forward to using more of them this year.
Despite being our first time out, my collaboration with the guidance counselor for Black History Month was a success. Along with the daily Black History facts, we provided some lesson ideas for classroom teachers. I taught lessons that used Black History content all month and created a website where all the information could be accessed. The centerpiece of our month was the career fair held for the 5th grade, which featured African Americans professionals -- from judges to entrepreneurs -- sharing their stories and hearing our students' dreams.
I hope that our students were inspired by all they heard this month and will use this information to go forward and achieve their goals.