So I had a year of firsts last year. Mid way through the 2015-2016 school year I was asked by my friend and Principal to move to fifth grade and teach an ELA block fro ESE students in the morning and Gifted students in the afternoon. It was undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken. When I went in over Thanksgiving break to move my room to the other side of campus my Principal had a quote for her bathroom and it read "It always seems impossible until it's done." I will never forget that quote because it proved to be so true. It was so hard for me to leave my first graders and their families for this new mystery homeroom who was running adults out of their classroom left and right. I had such a learning experience with them. I had an amazing partner and that helped a lot. FSA tests in Florida and the use of data in upper grades are just a few of the really stressful ideas I was introduced to this year. It was a fun year for many reasons. K-2 teachers don't really get to see the kids grow into young adults and struggle with pre teen problems like upper Elementary teachers do throughout the year. I wish I would have had more time to really develop freebies and pay and take activities from Teachers pay Teachers as I had originally intended. I'm teaching fifth grade again this year so my blog should actually be renamed and I think I'm going to work on that.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
This has been a year of firsts for me. I was so flattered that every student this year came to meet me at open house. This is the first time that ever happened! "Kid" as I recently started to referring to all of my students are making out of this universe learning gains in both reading and math. I have a complete cast of the cutest, sweetest students and their parents are really nice to me! I'm so happy this year. I still need to pass the FELE and any new FELE practice tests would be greatly appreciated. My reading endorsement is coming along nicely and I'm anxious to start thinking about coaching. I'm the math committee representative for my grade level this year and not the president of PTO which has given me more free time. This year is absolutely fabulous and "kid" is doing really well!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
This summer I attended many workshops where we collaborated to write and design science labs, small group reading lessons, math STEM lessons and reading whole group lessons. I'm really excited to use the new math and science resources we have available to us. The activities are creative, group activities my students really enjoyed last year. We have decided to collaboratively use CPALMS to help close achievement gaps, make bigger learning gains and prepare our kiddos for the end of course exams the stat of Florida is using. Our county has decided to use the gradual release model and I'm very excited to try teaching my new monsters the techniques encompassed by this model. I am still studying for the FELE and am not as overwhelmed as I was during my spring break; fingers crossed that I pass this test over Labor Day and graduate in the Spring. My Masters will be such a huge accomplishment.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
This is my last semester in grad school so as I say goodbye to 2014 I welcome 2015 on the premise that I am close to graduation! This year's class has been really easy compared to prior years. With all the changes taking place year to year I wonder if the parents and students alike just sit down, shut up and hold on for dear life like the teachers do. I am ready to see how setting goals as a reading coach will change the design and curriculum supplements that I use daily in the classroom. While I completed my Internship in administration last semester I helped a few teachers work to design their Guided Reading to track student success measured by the students. This year a huge focus is on data binders and the why's behind students writing their own goals and adding comments as to why they are at the level of academic success indicated by the rubric. I'm sure 2015 will bring changes, challenges and chance to celebrate successes! I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for moments!!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
To say that I have been gone from blogging is indeed an understatement. The end of last year was a continuous cycle of activity and growth for me. I am so excited to start this year with a brand new class. My munchkins this year are absolutely adorable and I am going to have no problem growing with them for ten months. I decorated my room with some bargains I found after taking the advice of another teacher. I must say I am flattered she requested me to teach her son who is obsessed with Sharknado..not sure about the spelling. He is adorable as are the rest of my children. I am the ESE class this year and have one who functions at a very low level. I have two that speak don't speak English yet...shocking I know. I am super busy and always running. This is the last year of my Master's in Educational Leadership and am doing my Internship with my inspiring Assistant Principal Libby. We took a few minutes to celebrate 911 on Thursday. Here are some pictures of my classroom this year and of my magical munchkins who love the US! Welcome Back!