I've been thinking about what it would be like to have my own classroom. With math, I would implement the student leader roles that they outline in the Math Expressions curriculum. I saw a first grade teacher implement that really well. Another aspect I like about that curriculum, that I saw a fifth grade teacher implement well, is the extension activities that go with each lesson. She set these up as math stations on Friday, which is what I would do too.
Fridays, I would hand out
homework packets and collect them on Thursdays. This would cover the
math taught the previous week, but the reading skills for the upcoming
week. For spelling, I'd do a pretest on Friday and a final test on
Thursday. My reasoning for this practice, which is much different than
traditional classrooms is that every minute matters and parents have
more free time to help their children on weekends. This would turn
weekends into learning days, helping to reinforce what students are
learning in school.
The weekly reading tests would be given online, during computer lab time, so scoring would be easier.
Fridays would also be the days for Science experiments. I really enjoy the FOSS Curriculum. It's so hands on and fun!
Maybe this will be the year I get hired full -time. I'd love to have my own classroom and implement these ideas.