Next Year...

Just a little over a week into summer vacation and I've been spending some of my free time pinning away and trying to think of all neat and creative things I want to do next year (inspired by all of you!). Of course I've been reading up on all of the summer to-do lists and plans for next year and had to join in too!

Three things I would like to do next year include....

A couple of my very best blogging buddies introduced me to the idea of mentor sentences this past year, Jivey & the girls from Collaboration Cuties. Jivey even made a 10 week set utilizing some great children's literature. This is happening!!

I'm super lucky to teach in a 1-1 iPad building. My classroom will even have an Apple TV system this year. This last year, I tried out some different apps with students, but I only skimmed the surface. I want to transition and go beyond just practice to applying skills utilizing this technology. 

Whether or not it's an official transition for my grade level or not, it's a new grade level and content area for me, so I will digging in even deeper into the core than before.

These are just a few of the things I will be doing differently next year. I'm looking forward to all that is in store. What all will you be doing? Be sure to link up with Finding JOY in 6th Grade if you haven't already!


  1. Common Core Savvy sounds like my goal in life right now...Glad to know I'm not alone. :) We are all in this together. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Hooray for Mentor Sentences! I'm working on my second unit now!! :)
    ideas by jivey

  3. I just heard about this mentor sentence phenomenon today! Can't wait to try it out. If you want a very good read for learning more about the Common Core, I would recommend "Pathways to the Common Core" by Lucy Caulkins. Tons of great explanations!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. LOL! Common Core and mentor sentences are on my TO DO list as well as reading workshop for the 1st time, focus on writing somehow and someway, earth science and math will be new to me. GAH! :)

    I'm going to need a summer break from my summer break. :)


  5. Hi, Christy. I am a fellow KS blogger re-starting up my blog:) I found you from Kim's linky, and although we are wide apart in grade level, you never know when you might need upper-level insight! I like your goals for this year...gotta check out those mentor sentences! You're the third person who's mentioned those! Must be good stuff:)

  6. Great goals! I agree with you about using the technology in a more meaningful way. I teaching in an eMINTS classroom, where we have 1 mini laptop for every two students.
    I have just started hearing about mentor sentences. Following your suggested links now!


  7. oOO I just LOVE the fact that so many schools have the use of iPADs. We have some laptops in our high school but not many and they're rarely used! I REALLY want to have an even more brightly and decorated room ready for students to actively learn Mathematics!

    I teach years 8 to 12 Mathematics only and engagement along with positive reinforcement and rewards are the key :)

    Liz - BaysideMathTeacher


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