We start off here....
In Heidi's district, students are responsible for their learning. So to illustrate what a 'top' paper would look like, Heidi has students think about an ice cream cone. From non-existent to plain to a little sprinkles to all-decked out! Students really understand what their writing should have in order to have the fancy ice cream cone (and score the highest possible points).
I love this sign she has in her room "Drivers and Barriers". You could tell that I visited at the end of the day...and that this sign gets used...a lot :) Together students come up with things that are going to help them learn and things that are going to distract from their learning.
A social contract--do you use one? I love this!!
And a mission statement. Mission Statements are good! Especially at the beginning of the year. Everyday we recited our mission statement (that we came up with). It was done during community circle (I'm a 'tribes' person--love that!). Does your class have a mission statement?
So, there you have it--Part 1 of Heidi's First Grade Classroom. A HUGE thank you to Heidi for letting me peak into her room--unexpectedly at that. She was so gracious and took time out to explain so much. See you soon with Part 2.
Have a fabulous weekend!!