I've spent most of this week at my second set of LETRS training sessions. Yes, I had a substitute in my classroom for the last 4 days. That alone, is a major project! We spent the 4 days in deep conversations about reading, phonics, spelling and fluency. Before I did this program, I never thought there were 4 days worth of things to say about the English language. After this second week of training, I realize how much I didn't know!
It's going to take me a few weeks for my brain to process all this new information, but here's what I have to say about this today:
- It's such a nice break to be able to hang out with grown ups for the day!
- It's such a nice break to be able to use the facilities when needed.
- Even though I sat most of the day on all 4 days, I was exhausted when I got home. It's a different kind of tired than I usually feel, but I was beat!
- It was incredibly valuable to be able to have conversations with other teachers at my grade level, as well as teachers from other grade levels.
- I need to take my notes and put them in a binder in a way I'll be able to find the information I need. (I have TONS of notes!)
- I have loads of changes I want to make in my reading instruction as well as the organization of my reading block. Nothing huge, but loads of little changes that will make it all more effective.
- I miss my students. I can't wait to get back to them tomorrow!
I have another 4 days to look forward to in August, the final 4 days. If you ever get a chance to take the LETRS training, I highly recommend you do it, it's fantastic!