It was a busy first full week. The students were participating in reading and writing workshop. They learned expectations of the workshops and we started timing for STAMINA already! The students could read independently for 15 minutes....WOW!!! The students helped to make the classroom rules and we started talking a lot about TEAM work. We are making plans before recess, so that every child goes out to recess knowing who they can play with. We have talked about including everyone, but also that these groups don't need to last all of recess. Friends can choose after a while to move onto new groups and activities. This is giving the kids a sense of security that they don't have to spend time looking for friends to play with and waste recess time. It really was an awesome week getting to know the kids better. I look forward to getting to know you better as well.