We are also working on allowing the students more choice and flexibility when working towards their individual learning goals. Some of this has gone amazingly well (yes, we are only two days in) and some of our experiences have provided us with wonderful opportunities to reflect on our practice and expectations.
One of the biggest reminders I've experienced being back in the classroom is how invaluable a robust classroom library is to learning. While we certainly can't account for all tastes and interests, the books we have available to students speaks volumes about our expectations.
Here are two new picture books I purchased this week:
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
I had the opportunity to meet J.J. Austrian in November and I have been looking forward to this book coming out!
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
A great new informational book I found.
When On Earth by DK
And an old favorite that I was reminded of its beauty and brilliance.
The Flower Man by Mark Ludy