Monday, September 3rd

Teaching Blog Addicts is hosting Open House Week and Monday's Topic is Meet the Teacher:

Hi! My name is Melissa O'Bryan and this is my tenth year of teaching fifth grade in Michigan.  I'm brand new to the blogging world, this is only my second post - LOL.  I have two young children, a 5 year old girl who will start Kindergarten tomorrow morning - I'm still in denial.  And, a 7 year old boy who will start third grade.  I'm also married to a high school English teacher/hockey coach.  Education is the main topic of conversation in this household.  My kids can't wait to go back to school to escape school talk at home. :)

I'm excited to start back to work tomorrow with a brand new group of fifth graders - all 32 of them.  Yes I said 32.  Largest group I've ever had but I'm still looking forward to a great year.  Got to be positive.  I'm also excited to get my reading, writing, and math workshops back underway - after I spend WEEKS on procedures, procedures, procedures (trying out some new whole brain teaching techniques this year - that'll be a another post).  I love workshop.  I call myself a workshop girl.  It fits my style of teaching perfectly and I love the choice, independence, and autonomy it provides my students, as well as the one-on-one conferring and small group time if affords me as a teacher.  I just can't do the whole group teaching thing.  I've tried and failed.  LOL  Anyway, in the near future I plan to start posting about how I'm implementing my workshops. I hope you'll stick around and check out those posts as well.

Lastly, I also love humor and having fun.  You've got to keep those kids smiling to make it through the day! And I love all things animal print and chocolate. Thanks for stopping by to get to know me a bit better.

How many of you use workshops in your classroom?  What is a first week procedure you just can't live without?  I'd love to read about it in the comment section below!

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