I returned last Thursday evening from another amazing WBT conference in West Plains, MO! What an amazing learning experience. How quickly things can evolve in WBT. The Sentence Ladder, which I learned about in Louisiana, is now the Genius ladder! How much fun are students going to have constructing genius sentences! The five step lesson template was reinforced for me, and clarified a few steps that I wasn't fully implementing. I now feel that I have a clearer understanding of how my model classroom is going to look when I return in August. I went by school yesterday and tried to get a vision in my mind of where everything is going to go. I think I have a spot for my PowerPix wall, my class leaders, my genius ladder, and my scoreboard. I'm anxious to get started working with my 3rd grade team on the Prove It game. We've already started discussing core concepts that we need to be writing up questions for in math. What a busy and exciting time!
I guess I should get back to how my classroom was running during the 2010-2011 school year though. I started to incorporate some of the math PowerPix, and again was amazed at how quickly my students were picking up various concepts in both Communication Arts and Math. The best part was that they remembered what we learned about when we came back to it later. I got more in depth with the eBooks, and introduced some of the WBT games. My kiddos loved SuperSpeed 100, and I could tell a difference in their fluency. The main thing I needed to remember was that I needed to learn more about WBT, so we would all be successful!