Saturday, November 5, 2011

I Knew But Maybe Not

I knew that I loved my new school. I knew that from the moment I interviewed that I would love it there and I do! I knew that. But, I did not know how much. I have such an awesome group of people to work with. It really hit home this week when I started a research project with my students. I wanted them to research Explorers and learn about them, but mostly my goal is for them to gain research skills so that we will be able to do even more research projects as the year progresses. I spoke to the Media Specialist and the TIS at my school. I told them what I wanted to do and they both jumped on board to help me. I am just so excited (and forever grateful for their help) about this collaboration. I took the kids to the Learning Commons (what we now call the library/media center) a few times this week. The first time the Media Specialist took them through a pre-assessment to see how much they know about research. Then she discussed the results with them and explained the correct answers. (I was excited to see that they remembered a lot about what we learned earlier this year about non-fiction text features.) The second time she worked with them to review how to use non-fiction reference books. The third time she and the TIS helped them to use the laptops to research. We will continue our research next week and I am so excited! I just cannot express how grateful I am to these two AWESOME ladies for all of their help!!

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