This Monday, the Monday following a very welcome week long break due to weather, was filled observing and collaboration. The school that I work at has what is called a triad PLC (professional learning community) in which we collaborate with two other local school districts to curriculum plan, build relationships and increase our professional learning by observation. This has proven to be a good time to really reflect on our own teaching and see other ways to teach the same content. Needless to say, this Monday after Thanksgiving, I observed and collaborate with the triad team in one of the triad locations. Because 6th grade is departmentalized in both of the other schools within the triad, I observed the 5th grade teacher. She employs so many fun ways to learn spelling and I loved how she differentiated her math. The 5th grade teacher was reading the book Haddix- Caught, so I decided to add that to my list for the week.
My students didn’t have school on Monday due to all the teachers being out for the workday, but upon their return I had a MAPS test planned for each day until Friday. My students have four MAPS tests that they are to take- Math, Language, Reading and Science. Knowing that they would be testing each of those days, I knew that I would have an opportunity to get some reading in while they were hard at work on their iPads.
The first book I dug into was Haddix- Caught and it wasn’t what I had expected, honestly. On the cover of the book there is a train, and a boy running. I hadn’t read any of the other books which hindered my engagement in the book. I decided to scrap reading the book and return to the first book in the series. I love book series but sometimes wish you could pick up any of the series and understand what has happened in the past books.
So I find the first book which is Haddix- The Missing: Found, and really liked the beginning of the book. These books would be really good for upper elementary students because they are engaging right off the bat. I have noticed that if a book doesn’t have some big action in the first couple of pages, my students tend to want to switch what they are reading and quickly find another book.
Throughout the rest of the week I plan to finish the first Haddix book and go right into the next one. I will update you all when I finish! Have a great week!