This is a different year for me as a professional and as a leader in the 8th grade ELA department, as well as the content leader at GMS for ELA. My teaching partner of three years, Rita Shaffer, moved onto a coaching position in our Dublin high schools. I have three new teaching partners, including a new intervention specialist that I am co-teaching with three periods a day.
I am excited to stretch myself this year as a writer. I plan to write everything my students write - Writer's Notebook entries, narratives, arguments, informational writing and everything in between. This blog is another way to keep me writing. I hope I work on it beyond January which is when my blog floundered last year.
Another goal I have is to improve the reading and writing conferences that I have with each student. More will follow on this as the year goes on, but I feel like my conferences need more specific direction in order to better plan for mini-lessons and small group instruction.
For now, it's time to catch up with my 10th grade and 8th grade daughter on their first days of school. I love the start of school!!