Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School

As this wonderful summer ends in the most crappy of ways I am reminded of how much I love my job. I am SO ready to get into the school year, know my little students, figure out what are my goals and challenges and to simply be in a more structured routine. This past week we had two campus work days and it is always so much fun seeing all the familiar faces and reconnecting. I have a great campus.
I am looking forward to this school year because....
*for the first time in three school years to not being pregnant!
* First time in two school years to not take maternity leave.
* First time in my entire teaching career of five short years to have a principal for more than one year. *Looking forward to applying for a FSFA forgiveness grant for working in a Title 1 school for five years. *As much as I have loved my previous partners in crime, I am looking forward to working with my new partner.
*To only having two classes vs. the three.
* To teach Social Studies again, I didn't get to last year. My favorite subject! Though reading has warmed my heart.
*Knowing our new reading curriculum and feeling confident in it.
*Finding more opportunities to be a leader.
*Having repeat families. I love having siblings and already knowing parents.
I am not looking forward to
*all the paper work. Not my fav.
*Drama. As of right now there is only one male staff custodian. That is a lot of stressed hormones raging up and down the hallways.
*Last year in this building. Moving into a new buidling next year.
*My classroom moved from a portable to inside the building.... which means cochroaches and mice. YUCK!
* The unknown STAAR. What will this do the students????? and teachers???? and parents?????
*Not spending my days with the hubs and dropping the boys off at daycare : (
Im in the middle of setting up my classroom. I have the desks the way I want them. When you walk in the door there are two bulliten boards to your right. The right will be social students and the second for student work. I have titled it "Spot On!" I have cut out backings from polka dot wrapping paper. In the back right corner of my room is the class library. I still need to label the baskets by book genres. In the middle of the back wall in my small group/guided reading station. I have my word wall set up there as well. The back left corner of the room is my computer. Front left corner is the student center with copies, paper, passes, turn-in trays, mailboxes, and supplies. I have a writing bulliten board set up there. On the front wall is a long dry erase board that I have divided into four sections by its natural lines. Going left to right, I have my Class News BB, Daily Objectives, then section for teacher led instruction, a spot that will always stay clean for projector, and the last section will have any sentence stems or multiple day instructions if needed.
I am debating on hanging my character posters on a string that goes across the windows. I think I may test it out and see if it looks tooo cluttered. Look forward for proof of a finished product! BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

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