This summer I have been revamping my lesson plans to include more activities and more student involvement. I want them to discover and learn more and I want there to be less of my lectures up in front of them. I've been reading two really great books this summer (click on the book covers to see them an Barnes and Noble):
My other addiction this summer has been Pinterest and following other middle school educators' blogs. I have learned SO MUCH. As an added bonus I've gotten lots of freebies to use in my own classroom. Everything from organizational materials, lesson plan ideas, and foldables. Oh how I love foldables for math. We will be working on an interactive notebook this year because I am going to incorporate writing into the lessons to prepare my students for the new Common Core tests.
I think it is safe to say I am excited about this school year. I really hope to start a classroom blog, but we will see how I do with keeping up with this one first!
What are you doing to prepare for the new year? What are you trying that is new?