A Slow Week

Last week I fell short of accomplishing all that I wanted to. I had plans to read some literacy-themed books, prepare some math materials, organize more of the classroom space, and cycle every morning. Reflecting on the week, I can only check off one goal — cycling every morning. In an effort to become more active (and eventually more fit), I’m donning my helmet and pedalling around St Albert to start my days. Though I’m hardly a professional cyclist, I’m proud of my daily achievement. Starting with some of the shorter trails along the Sturgeon River, I’ve increased my daily jaunt to circle St Albert in 23 km.

My morning rounds are hardly competitive, but I do manage a decent level of strenuous activity ??? which, lets face it, beats a leisurely morning on the couch or in bed. Plus, it’s a great way to set the pace for my day.


As for my classroom prep and readings, I’m going to take another crack at them this week, before I head out of town for a family reunion on August long weekend. (Yikes! Only one more month until the new school year!) For those interested, here’s a short list of some of my professional reading that I’m using to prepare for grade 1:
  • The Girl with the Brown Crayon??by Vivian Gussin Paley
  • Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials??by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini
  • The Tact of Teaching: The Meaning of Pedagogical Thoughtfulness??by Max van Manen
  • Play and Learning in the Early Years??edited by Pat Broadhead, Justine Howard and Elizabeth Wood
  • The First Days of School??by Harry K Wong and Rosemary T Wong
  • Thought and Language??by Lev Vygotsky
Any thoughts? Any recommendations? I’d love some thoughtful additions.

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