Tried it Tuesday - New School & New Grade

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 : )
Here are a few things we have been working on..

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 : )


  1. Your classroom looks great in a short amount of time. Your new school community is lucky to have you. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You really have been working very hard! Impressive job on the classroom. Enjoy your grade one's! They can be challenging, but the reward of seeing them become readers is completely worth it!
    Always Primary

  3. Wow! I am impressed with your high speed classroom set up! Everything looks gorgeous.

  4. Oh friend!!! I cannot even imagine how fast you had to set everything up! As a fellow resistor of change, my thoughts have been with you. What a huge year but you can do day at a time! You're an amazing teacher and person no matter where you are working or what grade. Your students are so lucky to have you! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Lots of big changes! I can't believe how quickly you got your classroom set up! Mine always takes forever!

  6. Wow! Your classroom is very impressive! Good luck in your new grade level. Those little ones are lucky to have you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  7. Your classroom looks wonderful! You certainly have been very busy. Good luck with all of the changes. I know you'll have a great year! :) Excited to hear how it goes.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  8. Your room looks AMAZING and soooo clean! You did such an awesome job pulling it all together in such a short time. I knew you would! I'm so glad you are loving it. I've missed you, but I know we've all been swamped! XOXO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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