This school year started off with very little fan fair. That’s a good thing, trust me. I’m OK with easing into gear and a slow take off to cruising altitude. Let’s look at the current state of affairs.
I have 15 students. Most are of Hispanic descent.
I have more boys than girls in my class. I like my class theme. Whitaker’s Bookstore. The kids seem to like it as well.
Reading and getting everyone to read on level is HUGE and at this very moment almost the only thing that matters.
I have some spirited students, but everyone else knows why they come to school and are ready to work.
My new school is SUPER supportive. Lots of support staff ready to help in any way.
I’ve met almost all my parents. Some don’t speak English, but I have me them.
That being said EVERY parent has brought me a huge bag of classroom supplies. Yahtzee!
My team is six deep. Never had that many co-workers on a grade level. Lots of good ideas and mind share.
The ethnic mix of teachers/students and staff is cool. Not all one ethnic group or even gender. Lots of males in my school.
1st grade is GREAT! They’re so small and funny. Kinda remind me of my own DD2 in size.
The Kinda Big Deal
I don’t feel l have a full grasp on my daily schedule. Praying every second no one does a “walk through” on me.
It’s a LONG school day. 6:25 – 3:45 is a thing for sure. Add in Coaching or Training at CFSC and I’m wore out by days end.
I am not eating enough and sometimes I find myself going long stretches of time sans food. Not a good idea at all.
Though my school is considerably closer to my house. I still have a lot of turns to make so it ends up being 15-20 minutes.
I get paid once a month. That’s odd. But let’s just praise God that I GET PAID!
I can’t use most of the charts I made in my previous school. Can I sell ’em?
OMG! It’s time to freak out!
I can’t have a fridge in my class! I’ve spent 30000 man hours trying to find a reasonable cooler I can bring with my everyday. (It’s really that big a deal, trust me.)
This year is off to a great start. I know there will be some hiccups along the way, but I’m very pleased with the start. Now, if I could find a Yeti cooler for sale.
How’s your year starting off?
If you know me or follow my blog you know I'm not very organized. I want to be. However, BEING has alluded me to years. Last year I was buried in paper work. I honestly can't say I know what happened to it all, but I can tell you my inner tree hugger is silently crying.
In order to save a tree or two and to keep my sanity I did something different this year. To my surprise so far it's been a 10 bow tie idea! I have the students keep the "Red Number Journal" for all class work and the "Blue Number Journal" for all their homework assignments that require them to write or what not.
- I'm not sure, but I certainly feel I've used a lot less paper.
- I was able to check homework today in less than 3 minutes where as before I'd have to hunt down papers and the such.
- The kids have a great note system whenever we go back over their journals and put a sticky for key info.
- The kids can get to work quickly in the morning. No searching for paper or writing sheets. Just go to the next empty page, date and start.
- Whenever I have parent conferences I know I can quickly put my hands on ALL the kids class and homework in less than a minute.
- I feel as if the class moves better and flows easily. Translation…less stress.
Most teachers waste these composition books. During pre-planning I sent my helpers to find as many partially used comp books as they could. We neatly tore out the used pages and slapped a sticker over the name. I'm pretty sure I have almost 50+ recycled journals ready for duty.
Not sure where I got this idea. I don't think it qualifies as a true interactive notebook,but I will give Pinterest credit either way. The teachers on my hall used to have 3 journals. 1 for Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science. That made me even crazier, cause I know most of the students didn't use them fully. Plus the kids didn't have a good place in my room to put their stuff so instant insanity. This year, thankfully I have a much better system and I see it working.
One day I will report that I've found a great way to do my lessons in advance. Yeah, right. Anyone have any good suggestions on what to do with lesson planning so not to have to do them Sunday night?
Tomorrow I must talk about what I did to defeat the ugly "Mr. Whitaker can I sharpen my pencil" monster.
That is until you read this post.
School is going to be starting soon, like it or not, and you're going to
1. realize your kiddos grew this summer
2. try to squeeze their feet into those shoes "for one more month"
3. wonder if you can get one more year out of that backpack
4. start looking for good B2S sales
I'll be doing the same thing. What I did find out is that we have a lot of really quality things that someone else would be happy to get. So for the next couple of posts building up to B2S I'm going to give some ideas on where to donate your kids old stuff. I'm also going to be looking for neat recycle ideas.
I'm starting with book bags this post.
This organization Aspire. Inspire. Foundation has a great track record and strong feedback. Feel free to check them out and see if your pile of old book bags can find a new home. Please comment and let me know of other cool places to donate old school shoes and other items for school.