Back to School Week: Summer posts round-up

Back 2 School: Summer posts round-up

Happy back to school week!  I know that this week is when some teachers start, and many like me are starting to seriously plan for the upcoming year.  I will be getting back into the swing of blogging by blogging all week!  Since I will have a new schedule and school, I don’t have all of my plans mapped out.  However, I posted a TON last year related to this.  I suggest:

  • My first day plans: I explain what I will do for the first few days in my classes: levels 1, 3, 5 and 6
  • Curriculum changes:  I detail my curriculum for level 1 and level 5 with ideas for levels 3 and 6.
  • Ways to avoid review: In this post, I talk about how to cover some topics and themes from previous years, but how to change it up.
  • A bonanza: I round up a ton of posts from other bloggers on how they are starting their first weeks.
  • In an earlier post, I shared my syllabi and how I determined my grading categories.

If you are looking for introductory units:

Whew!  Now that we got that out of the way, I wanted to share some posts that have been inspiring me this summer and how they will impact my teaching next year:

  • I have been recommending Ben’s post on Write and Discuss everywhere!  One big AHA moment for me was how he doesn’t have students write down anything until AFTER the discuss part is over.  That will allow students to be even more engaged throughout the discussion.
  • Ever since I have known that I am teaching elementary again, I have been pouring over Julie’s blog again and again.  Since I am teaching for proficiency, I appreciate how she has broken down the proficiency levels into elementary student language.
  • While I won’t have an Instagram account for my students, I like the questions that Laura poses for students in her comprehensible Instagram post.  I also plan on using her pictures from Mexico during Brandon Brown versus Yucatan.
  • I love AnneMarie’s foto frenzy game!  It would also be fun to do with a variety of books for younger students.
  • Leslie shared some thinking strategies with authentic resources.  I want to come up with ways to incorporate these thinking strategies into my classes next year.

7 thoughts on “Back to School Week: Summer posts round-up

  1. Dear Maris:

    Happy back to school (almost). I am so grateful for all the sharing you do and I have been a loyal follower for at least the past 3 years! I wanted to dive right into your recent share, but was encountered with an “opps” message when I went to the link to find the puedos from the interpersonal unit that you shared for starting level 3. Could you please “free” the link?

    Thank you so much. The link is from: and the is the link that I can’t see:

    Thank you so very much, Sarina

      1. Hi Maris:
        Thank you so very much for getting back to me. I apologize, but I didn’t realize you replied until today ;(… I couldn’t tell that a reply was left for me! Now I know where to look.

        I have another question for you. I really liked your recent World Series post. I have Pear Deck, but I don’t know how to get your presentation onto my Pear Deck. Any suggestions?

        Thank you for your incredible resources.


      2. Not a problem! Glad that you found it eventually! 🙂 I have updated the post to include a link that should work with the PearDeck Google Slides Add-on. Let me know if it doesn’t!

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