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A New School Year Begins

Today marked the beginning of a new school year. I was very excited for the grade change from 3rd to 4th, but with that change came a room change. I have moved from F1 to P4, which is a newly installed portable. The move was not without its stresses, but in the end the room was ready to go come the 1st day of school to welcome in its first DGE 4th graders.

P4 a week before school started
P4 a week before school started
Moving a few things in, adding boarder and ceiling hangs.
Moving a few things in, adding boarder and ceiling hangs.
A bit more moving in...
A bit more moving in…
Furniture finally arrives
Furniture finally arrives
The furniture moving truck
The furniture delivery truck
The room is finally ready for the 1st day of school!
The room is finally ready for the 1st day of school!

We had an amazing day today. We got to know one another a bit better, and make our avatars for the year using the AvatarCreator app available on iOS. I also took quick stock of how technology equipped my students are. Of 31 students 6 had a smartphone of some kind, 20 had a tablet, and 8 did not have a smartphone or a tablet.

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Students emailing their avatars to me on the class iPads. (The lunchtime on the board is wrong, it is actually 12pm to 12:40.)

I introduced the class to Edmodo, which will be the online version of our classroom we will use daily. The students have set up their accounts and parents can join in as well to see what we are up to. Parents can get the parent join code from their child when the student is logged in to their Edmodo account.

Parents are welcome to contact me via email (ruizmy@fusd.net), ClassDojo, or Skype (dgeruiz).

I look forward to day two of school and all the days ahead of us. I just know we will have an amazing year!

Author:

Wife, mother, K-8 National Board Certified Teacher, doctoral student and dog lover. Passionate about educational technology, academic innovation, and redesigning the American educational system.

2 thoughts on “A New School Year Begins

  1. I’m so glad you and the kids had a great 1st of school!

    I loved all the cute and awesome avatars.

    Love, Mom (aka Mrs. Ruiz’ Mom)

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