Yesterday I decided to go into school to do a little work. I'm going to try to dedicate Wednesday mornings to "work". Wonderful, Worthwhile Work Days has a ring to it! To add to my alliteration, I worked on my Wall of Wow. In years past my Wall of Wow has been completly teacher controlled and usually teacher forgotten about mid-year. This year I am dedicating a whole board to it and making it more student directed. I have always been sure to include work from each student on the Wall, but I want students to find intrinsic value in what they are doing. Too often I'm the one holding the carrot!
Each child will be given a section on the wall where they will decide what they think is WOW worthy. I'll encourage them to change it on a regular basis. If they did something at home they want to share, they can hang it there, too! I'm hoping this will encourage students to be proud of their work. I am almost done. I just have to add their names.
|I laminated gift wrap before covering the board.|
I also laminated card stock to use in my project.
|After and ready to hang!|
Thinking about my new group of owlets filled me with excitement. I had to let them know I was thinking about them, so I took the idea from Kimberly at First in Maine and tailored it to my new students. (I teach in a small school, so I know exactly who I'll have next year because I'm it for first grade! ) I sent this to each of my new students yesterday...
|Aren't these the sweetest?|
|Caught in the act! I love sending mail. That reminds me|
I've got some rocks to get in the mail! ;)