Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I Love Lucy

I am in such an amazing mood yesterday, a far cry from yesterday that ended with a headache and defeated feelings. To think that everything can be made better with little old Lucy Calkins. A bit of background - I love teaching literacy - both reading and writing. I especially love Lucy Calkins. I think she is amazing and I love how her books are written in narrative form. Granted it takes longer to get to the meat of what she is saying, but it makes for such an easy read that I actually end up understanding each bit more. Anyways, at my school, the first grade team creates lesson plans together, and dear Lucy wasn't included in the plan. I tried to teach with the plan on Monday, and it was a complete disaster. The kids were not engaged and I didn't get much writing from them. So on Tuesday, I decided to secretly do my own thing aka start a writing workshop the Lucy way. Let me tell you, I got way more writing when they had the freedom to write about something that they know - themselves! And today, when I said it was time for writing, I even got some cheers. Never thought I'd hear that. But a big part of me felt guilty for not following the lesson plans. However, today, the first grade team met with our principal and assistant principal to discuss writing rigor. And my assistant principal revealed that she loves Lucy Calkins and used her books when she was a teacher. And she went on to suggest that we use it in our rooms! Oh my, I can't even tell you how my face must have lit up. I was so excited. I went and got my very own set of writing books (which were stashed in a resource room), and got full permission to use them!

Happiness in the form of Lucy. 

So, needless to say, I am beyond pumped that I can not-so-secretly be a writing workshop lover, and I can't wait to have writing again tomorrow! And I'm starting Daily 5 tomorrow too. I'm bringing in a bag full of shoes to discuss finding Just Right books. I bet that will be a lot of fun and the kiddos will get a kick out of seeing me hobble around in my fiance's shoes!


  1. We use the Lucy books too! Just a couple more weeks and I'll be on the Lucy train as well.
    The Meek Moose

    1. She is so great! I'm transitioning my kiddos to the booklets tomorrow!

  2. So happy for you! :) It feels good to know you're allowed and even encouraged to do what you know is best for kids- but I AM jealous that your team plans together! As a new teacher, especially, that has got to be helpful. Our team has 9 people and we all do our own things.

    Glad things are going well! Were you still interested in me making some planning pages for you? :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

    1. Yes, I am definitely still interested, but I am still finalizing my schedule of course (still trying to find a time for computers and other team-related stuff. Can I send you what I have so far or should I wait until I have everything in order??