Monday, August 30, 2010

First Day

Wow. First day FLEW by. I cannot believe how incredibly fast the day went.
Granted, it was only a half day but still.....

I'm officially so excited to have my kiddos in my room. They are each one such a blessing--and I'm sure that there will be days that all are out of the box! They have such energy and short little attention spans. I used all my plans (well, minus 2 activities) for the day. Wow. I didn't realize how much growing they do in First Grade. In second grade, they have a higher level for attention and length of focus. It's going to be a great year. :)

Confession: teaching is ALOT of work. I've figured out what summer is for. To recover from the previous year and simultaneously prepare for the next year. I started getting ready early this year. Next year, I'm starting even earlier (that's what I'm saying now anyways!).

I feel as though there is so much that I want to do with my kids that I'm not entirely sure where to start. We had our inservice meeting today afterschool for our new language arts program. It was definitely a helpful start to working with this new program, especially since we didn't receive all of the components. But, she showed us a lot of ways to work with the materials that we do have, and how to make it work in our rooms. I know that it's going to be challenging to implement a new language arts program, but I'm also kind of thankful for it, too, mostly because it's something that I can make into my own.

Oh, no criers! I was convinced and prepared to have at least one or two in my room who would cry today and I had NONE! YAY! It's the little things in life!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Morning Thoughts

It's the last work day before the kids come back. I'm not sure if it's me, or if all teachers feel this way.... but I sure have a lot to do! I know that once Monday comes, the year will fly by with no time to do all of this work. There's a huge part of me that wishes that life had a big ol' PAUSE button so that I could get everything done!

On the flip side, I can't wait for the kids. I've got all their names down in my head, and I'm anxiously waiting to put a face with the name. I wonder what they'll be like, if they'll get along, if they'll like our room, ...if they'll like me. Or if they even like school.

I'm excited for the adventure to start. :)

Oh, food for thought. Jorge Luis Borges (he's an Argentinian author) once said:

"Siempre imagine que al Paraiso seria algun tipo de biblioteca." which translated means... "I have always imagined that Heaven would be some kind of library".

Love it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of Teacher Training=Confusion

So am I the only being on the planet who enters the first day of teacher training more nervous than the first day of kiddos?!?! I don't think I slept a wink last night. I had laid out my planned outflit last night, and got up twice to change my mind, and then.... still stuck with my original outfit. Sigh.

The training was held at an uber-nice school in the district/diocese. And it was air conditioned (which, did I mention, my school is NOT?!). We had breakfast/coffee/fruit when we arrived, and then everyone sat in the auditorium for the training.

Please note that this was the FIRST training of the school year.
Guess the topic.

Assessments. Yup. Assessments.

We've barely begun the year and what do we start with.... the ending.

I guess in some parallel universe it makes sense but, in my head, it sure didn't. Oh well. Please tell me that this makes sense to other teachers out there and that the only reason it didn't seem to make sense to me is because I'm new. I'm praying that's the case.

But, it was certainly an interesting session. Our presented was very energized about the entire topic, and I felt that it was incredibly informative. The presenter is going to send us some electronic handouts, etc., so I'm excited about that. I'm hoping to use some of what the presenter discussed, especially utilizing checklists in the classroom. Anyone else use checklists as an assessment tool with first graders and have any to share?
On to more fun topics... MY CLASSROOM.
As promised,  I took a few pictures and have provided them for your viewing pleasure.

My teacher desk area
My 'special' reading chair that my grandparents graciously gave me
The side of my classroom
My reading corner--the pillows aren't entirely unpacked yet but still....
My behavior chart
Morning Group Time, Homework Section, and Spelling Words
My aide's desk and my fun lamp!
Aren't yard sales the best?! I have a matching desk lamp over by the reading corner.
My Computer center and storage cabinets
The view from the door
Well, time to rest, relax, and get ready for another day of teacher training. I'm still super excited but already, I'm counting the hours until the kids come!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Slow Return

So it's the night before all the teachers start back at my private Catholic school in little ol' Delaware. Strangely enough (insert sarcasm), I'm a little nervous. It's only my first year of teaching.... I'm not entirely sure why I should be nervous. I long termed substitute taught at this school last year, leading to my permanent employment this year. My room is almost all the way ready to go, and I'm nervous. :)

My nerves seemed to be primarily centered around what I'm going to wear. I'm extremely conscious of the fact that my 24 year-old self tends to look, oh, about eight years yonger than I am. Which begs the question every woman contemplates: WHAT TO WEAR?

The fact is that first impressions matter. Regardless of whether or not I know the majority of the facutly, I still want to start the school year with the right foot...and shoes.

Sigh. No one warns that grown up life is going to be this challenging.

On to other matters... more important matters.
My classroom. All mine.

And two weeks of work in my room (7 quarts of paint, and three aditional helpers) should definitely reflect my hopes and dreams for the year ahead. And my flat-out excitment.
Pictures on Monday--I promise.
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