Monday, July 30, 2012

I better figure out the timing...

of this marathon I'm running!  7th grade's activity was too long, 8th grade's too short.  Luckily there are so many amazing sites out there to share.  Have you ever watched TED ED?  The ED makes it relevant to classrooms.  Today as we reviewed cell concepts that the 8th graders learned in 6th grade, I played the Wacky History of Cell Theory.  It's animated and interesting and an extra that I've planned every day just in case I need it!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

First Week...DONE!!

I'm sure most of you are weeks away from starting.  I on the other hand have been back at school for 2 1/2 weeks.  This one was the first with kids, and I'm exhausted.  I know I've been quite lax in my blogging lately because I've been so busy preparing for this new position.  Now that I have my first week under my belt, I can finally breath (and prepare for next week.)  I have to say I felt as lost as some of the 7th graders this week since I didn't know where anything was either!  This big of a change makes me feel like a first year teacher all over again. Thank goodness I have 15 years of classroom management and technique in my toolbox.  I already love working with the gifted population.  They are engaged and competitive, and I love to see how far I can push them.  They, on the other hand, love to show off how much they know.  I thought I'd share a couple of management items I've created in order to make my life more organized.  I'm working on more extensive packages for TN and TpT, but for now the kids are my number one priority and I need to pour all of my attention into making this a great experience in science for them!!

Graphics by Scrappin' Doodles (Love Them!!)
Lab Station Labels
Lab Station Jobs Sheet
Materials Check List
~New Room~
~Fire Code proved to be a pain~
24" from ceiling, 6" from an outlet
~It's a HUGE space!~