Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Good Listening and Good Teachers

It's 2:26 a.m. (I don't know why blogger always insists that I live in a different time zone.)  I should really be sleeping. With my to-do list scrolling in my head, it's hard to do that. So, I decided to get some things done do some blogging. 

 It's our 2nd week of school in Michigan. I'm exhausted, but excited about how the school year is starting off. Like my friend, Jennifer from Rowdy in First Grade, I'm trying to focus on the positive. Jennifer is hosting a Tell Me Something Good linky party. 

 Something Good From School: 
 I'm lovin' my class! We've been working on team building, starting the Daily 5 and listening. One of my favorite books about listening is Listen Buddy by Helen Lester.  My students always love this story about the importance of being a good listener.

Last week, we made an anchor chart about being a good listener after reading Listen Buddy.  We review the anchor chart each morning before our morning meeting.  

 Something Good From Home: 
We have AMAZING teachers!  Our own kids have fabulous teachers again this year!  Our children (4th grade and 1st grade) are so happy about the school year.    They jump out of bed excited, motivated and ready to go to school to learn each day.  I'm sure the "jumping out of bed" part will wear off in a few weeks, but I am super grateful for now. We know that having amazing teachers is a gift and we feel truly blessed (again this year)!

Back to bed?  Or back to work?  I should probably choose back to bed, so I can be productive at work tomorrow.


  1. Girlie - you are going to be one tuckered girl today....holy late!!!!

    It is a blessing to have wonderful teachers for our own children, isn't it? Such a terrific blessing.

    I've never read that book before - I'm always amazed when somebody brings up a book I haven't read...I feel like I've read them all! Will have to see if our Media Center has it!

    Happy Thursday! Curriculum Night for me!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Hi Kimberly,

    Listen Buddy is a new book to me. I'm adding it to my beginning of the year read alouds. Thank you.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  3. Just came across your blog and love it ... planning on coming back. I am teaching on the other side of the world so we are well into our school year. Looking forward to seeing how you do it over the ocean :)

  4. I LOVE Listen Buddy! And I'm so glad your kiddos have good teachers! XO
    Rowdy in First Grade

  5. I'm glad your kids have great teachers. It makes it easier on everyone all around! I may have to check out Listen Buddy...thanks!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilities!

  6. How have I never heard of that book before? Gotta go find it!
    Yay for your kiddos having great teachers. Sometimes I feel like it's harder on our kids because as teachers, we can be pretty critical.

    Have a restful weekend!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  7. I love Helen Lester and now have to go searching for Listen Buddy:-) I'm now a follower:-)

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