We walked into the Dining Room with it's hot air balloons and rainbow balloon arches to find gifts of theme-related fun "stuff" - water and snacks, but also a calendar, a lanyard, a themed clipboard lovingly made by a retired employee, right out of Toto's basket.
Grade level skits always begin the day. It's a chance for grade levels to show their creativity and fun. My team presented a video this year - all recorded on an iphone!- all about "staying calm and clicking your heels." It wasn't the video that was so special but the fun we had together making the video. That's what this first day is really about - getting to know each other. Below is my awesome 1st grade team - some of the most talented and passionate teachers that I have ever known. Some of us have been together for years. Some are new to our team and one is new to our school, but together we will do "oz-some" work this year! So stay tuned...
|First Grade Team|
Finally, there is always professional development and today it had to do with mission and leadership. We divided into smaller groups and worked collaboratively - a message as to the kind of learning that should be going on in our classrooms.