How to Teach Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
After I've launched Reading Workshop and all of the corresponding mini-lessons about how to hold a book, how to stay in one spot, how to shop for a book, how to only get a tissue when we need one and not just because our friend is getting one, how not to build towers out of our books because that's not actually reading (ahem!), I finally start to introduce content during my mini-lesson time. The first topic we tackle is distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction. Friends, this topic is tricky! The vocabulary seems backwards, and my EL students really struggle. However, we practiced a LOT this week and had a great time doing it!
Learning About Friendship
August 26, 2018
It's day 5 of school and we are just starting to find a happy rhythm in first grade. The first few weeks consist of procedure practice, read aloud, character education, and repeat! I am longing for our consistent routine, but my teacher heart knows this time is oh, so valuable. I tend to read Responsive Classroom's book The First Six Weeks every year around this time. It reminds me of the importance of establishing and practicing procedures in a systematic way. If you're struggling with where to start with your little ones, I highly recommend this book!
Classroom Reveal 2018-2019
August 25, 2018
After many long days, trips to Target, and more Amazon orders than I'd like to admit, my classroom is finally ready! I enjoy creating a space for my little learners that is purposeful in design. Don't get me wrong - I love to browse social media for inspiration and ideas, but I only include elements in my classroom that resonate with my educational philosophy. I include white space, natural elements, and a monochromatic color scheme. Here is a peak into my first grade classroom!
Hello! I am Lindsey Conner. I am a first grade teacher in Missouri. I have also taught kindergarten and second grade. I am passionate about best practices in the classroom, elementary mathematics, and English Language Learners.