Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thoughts on Thursday: Fall in the Classroom

Y'all can you believe it's already October!? I feel like this school year just started, but next week is already the end of the first marking period. I digress. First Thursdays mean Thoughts on Thursday with me and my friend Jessica at Tech & Teachability. Each month we chat about a different topic. Sometimes we talk about classroom happenings and sometimes we just chat. Today we're talking about one of my favorite topics ever.

Living in South Louisiana I get to experience all of about three weeks of Fall. I'm sure it's nothing like what most of you experience. The leaves don't really change color. Basically they go from green to dead. I don't get to go apple picking. But you better believe I pretend that Fall is here in full force. I embrace all of the basic things possible -- scarves, vest, boots, tights, and all things pumpkin spice. Seriously though, give me all the pumpkin!

Besides it being my favorite season, Fall is a really exciting time in the classroom. We've all gotten comfortable with each other. All the kiddos know the routines and procedures. It's like we hit our stride. The classroom is functioning like a well-oiled machine and learning is really happening. Plus there's the excitement of Halloween in the air!

This year I'm departmentalized. Teaching one subject has been amazing. I feel like I've become the teacher I always knew I could be. I feel like my classroom is really differentiated and meeting my students' individual needs. But I will say all Math all the time does make me miss all the fun that can be had when teaching ELA. I'm particularly missing doing fun crafts and curriculum integrated art activities with my kids. But last Friday I came up with a fun way to practice a Math skill while making a super cute Halloween craft for our outside display. 

Haunted Fact Families were the perfect after test activity for the Friday before October! You can grab this freebie here!

I hope you're enjoying everything Fall has to offer inside and outside of the classroom. Make sure to hop over to the other blogs that linked up for Thoughts on Thursday and see what kind of Fall activities are happing in other classrooms. Join us next month we we gab about elections in the classroom.

Hugs, kisses, and tell your mom and 'dem I said hey!


  1. I live in Las Vegas, so we don't get much "fall" here either. I have a calendar tub in my classroom library, so I show them my Oregon (home state) calendars so they can see the fall pics!! Haha
    Jennifer~Practical Primary Teacher

  2. Enjoyed reading about your southern fall! Here in Michigan, Autumn is in full swing! Thanks for sharing.

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