So, anyway... to start off my return to blogging... I've decided to link up to Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week... cause, well, who doesn't love a celebration of teaching!?!?! And... today is Meet the Teacher Monday! I think this is perfect since I've really just started blogging..
Okay. Me - I 've been teaching for going on 6 years now (man, it feels like just yesterday I was starting my very first 1st day!) - all in kindergarten! 5 of the 6 years have been in full day kindergarten, with one year being Title 1 Kindergarten Enrichment for 1/2 day students. I absolutely LOVE teaching K. It really is the best grade- a nice bridge from early childhood to the elementary grades.
Abbie and Tate... long time enemies... now best friends! :)
What am I most looking forward to this year?
Well, teaching my new babies of course! I'm excited about a new beginning and a chance to "do it right" this time... I feel that way every year it seems. There's always things I want to do, but can't ever manage to get around to doing. And I feel that the new school year helps me to believe I can!
I'm also really excited about trying out all the new tips and activities I've learned from my blogging "friends" this summer. Even though I'm a newbie, I've taken note of just about everything!!! :)
What do I need to improve?
TIME MANAGEMENT!! I think after 6 years, I've finally gotten the time management down in the classroom.. well, as down as it can be with 20 little 5 year olds! But, I ALWAYS end up doing things I shouldn't (er, talking...) after school and have to stay 40 forevers. Or, bring work home. ICK. That cuts in to my blogging and pet bonding time. No fun. So, this year, I REALLY want to work to write lesson plans throughout the week, not just on Sunday afternoons. I want to prep materials throughout the week, not just on Sunday afternoon. And I want Sunday's to get to be a relaxing start to the week, not a stress fest.
I also want to improve on my math group time. I'll be rearranging math time this year to have it mimmic reading time a little better, and I'm anxious and excited about how it will turn out!
What teaching supplies can I NOT live without?
MY MACBOOK PRO!!!!! I know it's not a teaching "supply"... but it is my lifeline to my blogging network! :)
1. Dr. Pepper: It must run through my blood at all times. lol.
2. BLACK sharpies. Forget the colored kind. They're alright... but nothing, and I mean nothing, beats a black sharpie!
3. Mavalus Tape! It really is a miracle tape.
4. Chlorox wipes. I think I use a container a week. Ew - my classroom is germy!
5. My white rocking chair. It makes me FEEL like a kindergarten teacher. I <3 reading books from my chair and having my kinder kids crawl up in my lap in my chair when they need a hug or a little love. And I love that it makes my room feel like a home.
Okay, that's it for now! Off to finish importing benchmark testing data for our TAP cluster meeting tomorrow!!!! I've got TONS of printables I've made for the first week of school - just trying to organize them into a unit maybe? Hopefully I'll have it ready for this weekend! :)