I've started writing this blog post about 5 times since my last post. Changing the title and content every time. To make it easier I'll throw it all together. I will probably blog about each of these in more detail, but I want to get this down so I don't forget!
I have really fallen in love with everything Google this year. One of the biggest love moments was when my laptop broke and I had to have a replacement while it was out being serviced. It was wonderful having everything I needed right there on my Drive!
Calendar: I have started a calendar for both grades and now attach my lessons right to the calendar. Then I share it with my principal, special ed, title 1 and RTI teachers. Now anyone coming to my room knows exactly what we are working on.
Google Forms and Autocrat: My favorite creation this year was setting up a form to use for writing lesson plans! I fill out the information and then using Autocrat merge it into a doc. So easy!!!
Teachscape/Domain 4- found a GREAT blog that shows how to organize all of your artifacts throughout the year with my favorite thing ^^^ Google Drive! Here is a link: http://lifetimeofmusic00.blogspot.com/2015/05/teachscape-uploading-and-tagging.html
Professional Development Plan-This is something that I really love to do each year, but I feel like it gets created at the end of the year and kind of forgotten about. This year, I plan to print mine out and keep it visible as a reminder of what I really want to accomplish. I feel like it would be a good idea to have them revisited and discussed at observation meetings with administration throughout the year as well.
Speaking of goals for next year, here is an area I really need to work on. When I switched grade levels from 7/8 to 5/6 I went from being an 8th grade homeroom teacher to a 5th. I mistakenly thought that 5th graders were miniature middle-schoolers. Um NOT true! These kiddos are still very much elementary students even though they act like they think they are 21. Over the summer I need to really rethink how I am going to adjust my style for these students. Also how to help them make a better transition to middle school.