< 3 Weeks.

Summer is slowly winding down, and I have begun to take advantage of the time I have left to prepare for the upcoming school year. (Don’t get me wrong, I have been slowly mapping, planning, purchasing, creating all summer long.. just now I am more committed to actually finishing my projects.) This morning, I completed my year long map, for one class I am teaching— it felt great knowing I was done.. now to just tackle the others. DAUNTING!

I am looking forward to incorporating more novel reading in my classroom this year. Last year, my students read TONS. But this year, I have multiple copies of the same novels and am incredibly thrilled about the literature circle model I created!

Also, I have decided that I will be using Circles of Power and Respect with my classes. I am going to have to tweek a lot of what I’ve read to fit the older age group. I used a version of this with my students last year and was able to see the positive influence it had on the classroom as a community.

There are tons of things wandering around in my head…

  • Refocus Area board (painted.. quotes project)
  • Disposable Camera Project
  • Translate CMP into Spanish
  • CPR Instructions
  • Pillows
  • Classical Music
  • "While you were out.."

I am so happy to have my first year over. This years planning just feels so much more natural. I know what I need, what I don’t need. I know what to do and what not to do! It is incredibly relieving knowing more about myself as an educator and knowing that when I screw up (WHICH I WILL!) that I know how to bounce back.

"Don't be a hard rock, when you really are a gem."


an urban educator that lives and works in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; serving the students in my community.



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