5 days. That’s all that remains of my school year. 5 short, but still long, days and year #23 will be in the books. But before that happens…there’s Transition Day. This is the day that I get to meet my future 4th graders for the very first time as my class. Their 3rd grade teachers will sort all the kids into their classes for next year and have them waiting in a classroom. Students find out who their 4th grade teacher will be when I arrive at the door – the big reveal! Last year was the first time we did it that way, and it was a lot of fun. However, I needed an idea that was more than just an “all about me” page. I wanted to really learn some useful information about these new students.
My Learning Profile
I’m the kind of person who enjoys personality tests and understanding your unique traits that make you…you! Why not apply this idea to kids in a way that would make sense to them? I created a My Learning Profile page where students can share some of what makes them tick and how they like to learn.
One of the questions asks students to describe what their desk usually looks like. Another question is about how a student prefers to work – in a group, with a partner, or by themselves. Of course, as the school year progresses, I will be able to see for myself the answers to these types of questions, but it gives me a quick way to get some early information. Also, I’m hoping that the kids enjoy telling me about themselves.
My Reading Profile
Since my fellow 4th grade teachers and I have completed a year of some pretty in-depth training on reading instruction, I want to start collecting some information about that topic, too. The reading profile I created asks kids to answer some basic (but revealing!) questions about the types of books they read, how they feel about reading, and their comprehension ability. Again, I’ll get much more accurate information when I give them the reading test in September, but this profile is just meant to give me a taste of what to expect. I’m especially interested in seeing who answers negatively about reading. Maybe I can think of a few ways to engage these kiddos with reading next year.
I think it will be fun to save these profiles and review them with students individually after the summer break as a starting point for my conferring appointments.
This will be my last blog post for a few months. I always take some time off from blogging during the summer. I have lots planned and am looking forward to getting back into my newly renovated classroom in August. It’s been a lot of work to pack everything away, and will mean even more work organizing everything. However, it will all be worth it in the end. I hope you have a relaxing, enjoyable summer. I’ll be back in August with my classroom reveal. Happy teaching!