I can not believe how long it has been since I blogged!! I know everyone understands what the start of a new school year is like so I will not go on and on about how busy I have been or how tired I am at the end of the day - you have been there, you know. But I really want to share some of my experiences with you, so I am sitting down to blog and I am linking up with my friend Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky party....
So, what is my tried it you may ask....I tried moving schools and changing grades!! This is huge for me. I am not a fan of change to say the least - I love knowing my students and their families and my coworkers and what to expect - LOVE it!!! I loved the feeling of community at my old school - and that is why I stayed there for all 15 years of my teaching career. But I had the chance to work at a school that is 30 minutes closer to my house and felt that I really had to go for it. Also it is a brand new school so I would not be walking into a situation where everyone else was comfortable and knowledgeable - we would all be uncomfortable together!!
This change in schools also led to a change in grades. I am now teaching Grade 1 with 19 students.
Something else I am trying is not to freak out every minute of the day : )
The school change and grade change were big enough stressors. Add to that a brand new school that was barely ready on time for opening!!! We started school on Tuesday, September 2nd and we got into the school to set up our brand new classes on Saturday, August 29th!!!
Here a few pictures of my classroom on the Saturday morning when I arrived at 7 a.m.
Here are a few pictures of my classroom on Tuesday morning before the students arrived....
|My teacher desk - arrived this weekend!!|
|My computer table - still no computer!!|
|Here is our carpet area - without carpet : )|
|Our class birthday graph using monthly cards from A Burst to First|
|Our daily graphs from Teacher's Clubhouse and sponge idea from Teacher Tipster.|
|We started out our day talking about tools - it will lead into our community helpers unit.|
|Then we talked about tools that we need to help us learn- I gave each student a red toolbox - a basket I spray painted red - to hold some tools for learning.|
|Our Listen Buddy lesson.|
|Some of our work on Chrysanthemum|
So my tried it is an ongoing adventure to say the least. I am not sure who is learning more right now, me or my students - but hey, at least some one is learning : )
I will try to keep you posted on what is happening in our classroom on a regular basis - but please forgive me if days go by without hearing from me - I am trying : )