The signs are there. I’m quiet. I smile less. I have no appetite. I walk in circles. I write and rewrite “to do” lists. What are these sign posts pointing to? I’m stressed…before day one of the new school year. I wasn’t like this before Preplanning started. My classroom was practically done. I was intending … More It’s He-eer!
If I had to draw my July, it would be a funnel cloud, wide at the top narrowing into a small hole. Next week will be full of orientation meetings and the final push to finish setting up my classroom before we leave for vacation. When we return, preplanning begins. Thankfully, my room is nearly … More Moment to Moment
My first teaching job was a “hit the ground running” experience. It was October, two months after the year had begun. The school had a population boon in 4th grade and needed to add a class. Enter eager beaver me. I hadn’t been sitting at home twiddling my thumbs. I had just finished a long … More On Prior Preparation
Five days remain in summer school. I made a point of creating a learning community, complete with class jobs, workshops rotations, projects, and coaching on academic content and social skills that won’t be tested on the end of summer school assessment. All of my students are below grade level in reading and math. Two of … More Endings…Beginnings
Tomorrow is the day. I’ll greet my summer school students and spend the next 15 days helping them grow dendrites! It should be a great session with only 7, count ’em, 7 students in my 3rd grade class. Our focus is reading and math, but I’ll integrate the other content areas. The other classes, 4th … More Summer School is in Session
The verdict is in… I shall be a teacher in the fall. I accepted an offer to teach 4th grade at a brand new school. I’ll be a charter faculty member. The principal has already sent out a couple of newsletters that are extremely inspiring. I’ve already begun planning. My long list of action items … More Teacher
I have major whiplash when it comes to what I thought was my vocation, my calling, teaching. Today was a great day and now I’m thinking, Hey, maybe I can do this? Will this feeling last though? Should I leave the profession based on a feeling, which are vascillating? All questions that need to be worked … More Major Whiplash
All is I can say is that I tried! I set out to blog daily about my teaching experiences. This would be my time to reflect on my teaching, a practice rarely afforded to any teacher when speed is God and time is the Devil. It was the first or second day of school. I … More Is My Hair on Fire Yet?
Earlier this summer, I got an idea for a tool to implement this school year. After some brainstorming, I have decided to proceed and use this for my students. Every student will have a DATA Binder where all their standardized and formative assessments, attendance, and behavior information will be kept. The binder will remain at … More My Bright Idea: A Tool to Help Students and Teachers
I have made it. I finally have a teaching contract before the school year has started. In the previous to school years, I have schlepped around from school to school subbing here and there hoping to snag an assignment. At the same time, I sent resume after resume with only long term substitute assignments or part year … More I Have What I was Waiting For.