Happy New Year! It is time to celebrate with the "Currently ~ Just January!" link-up.

Happy New Year Everyone!  Thank you so much for popping in today as I link up with Anne in Residence for her monthly link-up:




 
Beginning
 
We are fully remote for the first week of January.  I see my students every day online, but it is so much better to see them in person.  I am hoping for our hybrid schedule for next week!
 
This week we started with Non-Fiction Reading and Writing.  I have been busy creating teaching materials.  Here is an example that I made on Canva which is an online design resource.  I use this site frequently, and it is easy and fun to use!
 
 
Feeling
 
As the week goes on, and I adjust to teaching online, I feel more confident.  It is amazing how quickly you forget when you do not use the technology for two weeks.  Every day gets a little better!
 
I am also feeling grateful that all our snow has melted so that I can go out for walks every day.
 
By the way, if you would like to check out an adorable book and enjoy the snow vicariously, here is a suggestion:  
 


 Organizing
 
I am definitely not organizing at my house!  I spend most of my time working on Google Classroom independent work which I need to assign every day for my students.  Every day I assign the Morning Message as a Google Form with 5 multiple choice questions; 2 questions to answer about our read-aloud; a chapter that I read to the kids; and a multiplication review.



Resolving
 
I am resolving to write in my blog more frequently!  I need to make writing a priority because I consider my blog a type of diary or record of what I am doing.  I have gone back to read some older posts, and I totally forgot what was going on "back in the old days."
 
The last in school day before Christmas, I decided to do dictionary work with the kids.  
 
I asked, "Who knows what a dictionary is?" 

Answer:  "Back in the old days, people had to use dictionaries to know how to spell words."
 
None of the kids had used a dictionary.  Amazingly, they were engaged and fascinated that they could find words they knew in the pages of the dictionary.
 
Consequently, I resolve to talk about the "old days" so the kids know how much life has changed in such a short time.
 

 Check out another creation I made on Canva!

 
 Wondering 
I wonder every day when life will be "normal" again.  I love walking with my friends and family outside because that is the only way to have a visit.  I wonder if school will ever be "normal" again, too.  What do you think?

As always, I appreciate your visit!  Please leave a comment to say hello!  Stay healthy and be happy!


6 comments

  1. Yes, bring on the normal days again. Normal is surely not boring anymore. Happy New Year!

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  2. Hope you will get to see your students in person soon! Our schools switched to virtual for a little while right after Thanksgiving, and it was clear how much work the teachers had to put in to make that successful - you are amazing for what you do!

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  3. Our kids were only supposed to be online for one week after the holidays but our province just announced another two weeks of remote learning for everyone. Ugh. It's so hard for teachers and students right now. Also, I love that you're introducing your kids to the "old days" as in "ten years ago"! Hahaha!!!

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    1. I know! I often feel like a dinosaur when I talk about the "old days." Happy New Year! Hope the kids get back to school soon!

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