Welcome to my blog about our weeks together. I'm just going to wrap up what we worked on, where we're headed, trends I've noticed, and maybe offer my musings for the week. So, here it goes...
The first week is always so, so busy! We got to know each other through our randomizer cards (still trying to get through all of them). We were introduced to a regular component of our class called Writing Practice. And now we are about to establish some classroom norms that we can all agree to. We need to make this first week count, because this is the week of which the rest of our year is determined.
I've heard this phrase recently regarding how we learn, and grow, and accomplish things in life. It goes like this, "Everything that I have accomplished is because I stand on the shoulders of giants."
Now, I am paraphrasing this particular saying, but I think I have the message fairly clear, despite my muddy memory. The message is that nothing we accomplish is done on our own. Any new technologies, philosophies, or ideas are born of the discoveries and achievements of those before us. We receive this work, absorb it, and from it create new things that would otherwise be impossible to even imagine.
And that is where we begin, with this foundation of community built in the first week of school. With this work, this community, this collaboration, we can accomplish any goal we set before us.
So, here is to a great week, and the great year to come. I hope you all are ready to change the world!
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.