Wednesday, August 8, 2012

On your Mark ........

Get set ....... it's nearly time to go! Classroom is coming together nicely! I cannot believe that a year ago, I was moving ALL my stuff from one school to another. I didn't know anyone, didn't know the curriculum, didn't know what I was teaching .... BUT I found my home. I found people that I grew to love, trust and respect. I found a team mate that could make me laugh, even when I didn't feel like it. Someone who lifted me up, and helped me to settle in. Now, as I get ready to start a new school year, I think about that time and marvel how things have changed. I look forward to seeing my friends again. I feel more prepared for the year ahead - knowing what I am expected to teach and understanding the curriculum in front of me. It's been a GOOD summer! A lengthy visit from my parents helped make it memorable, and the last few weeks starting to get my head around teaching again is ending it well. I love what I do. I love looking for lesson plans, pictures, documents and love reading different teacher blogs to get new ideas!
It's going to be a great year. Need to get my running shoes on because the race is about to start. We will start well and finish even better!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

No words!

I knew this would happen - school starts and now I have no time to blog! I guess it's going to be a hit and miss type of thing - whenever I get time.

It was an amazing week - one like I've never experienced. Open House was wonderful and the parents were so supportive. The only parents who didn't come were those who were working - all the rest were there.

For the first time in my life, my wish list was almost emptied - that's NEVER happened before! They were so giving and willing to help. I even had a parent buy me a projector to use in class! I have no words to explain how I felt when I found that out. I now have a ton of playground equipment - whereas before I had nothing. They brought in all their classroom supplies so the closets are bursting. It's amazing - God has blessed me so much.

To top it off, I was so worried about leaving my old teammates that I had built up such a wonderful relationship with - years of getting to know them and loving them. I didn't know what it would be like to work with someone different. But God knew! And BOY, did He know!!!! I couldn't wish for anyone better to work with. She is one of the Godliest people I have ever met. Her love for her students just oozes out and she is so much fun to be with. She is spunky, bubbly and a treat! I thank God daily for putting me where He has.

So it's weekend - and I need to go ahead and plan for the week. The curriculum is still very different for me, but I know everything will soon fall into place.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Information Overload

2nd Teacher Workday over - and my brain is pounding with information overload! It's a good overload, but now I have to try and sift through all this information and make sense of it all. After being in one school for 9 years, you pretty much get to know what's going on. Understanding the schedule is easy, knowing the kids who are coming up is exciting (and sometimes scary!!), and knowing what's expected of you is a cinch.

BUT, going into the unknown is also an adventure. I like not knowing the students I will be getting - clean slates without any preconceived ideas. I like the excitement of being able to plan my own schedule around certain guidelines, and being flexible. I love meeting new people every day and feeling like a part of their family already. It's a good place to be.

My new school is a Christian school - every morning starts with Staff devotions and ends with prayer. What an amazing way to start the day - knowing you have given everything to God and that, through Him, you can do all things. My new teammate is AMAZING, which helps every time I miss and long for my old team mates. I know that God has given me someone who will love me, encourage me and uplift me when needed. I have had the privilege to work with wonderful people ... and so the journey continues.

One week today, my new "babies" will have walked in to my classroom. We will size each other up, wonder at what is ahead, and start the beginning of new relationships. I LOVE being a teacher!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The End ... and Once Upon a Time

It's the end of the summer .... where did the time go? It was a full one, especially with the move from one school to another. I think, though, that reality is going to hit this week as I start teacher workdays at a new school, with new colleagues, and am no longer part of where I was for the last 9 years. It's going to be a huge change, but I know it's going to be a good one. I've already found the people that I've met at my new school to be warm, inviting and wonderful. I am looking forward to making new friends, yet keeping the golden friendships that I've developed over the years.

So tomorrow I get tech training in the school's web system. I'm really excited! I love technology and am dying to finally get stuck in!!! Wednesday is our first official Teacher Workday - where I'll meet everyone and get up to speed on what I need to be doing, and how I need to be doing it. I know things are going to be very different, but I think it's a different that I'm going to enjoy.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Getting there - slowly but surely

Went back to school today to try to continue organizing. I found two more boxes that had bits and pieces in them, and part of the challenge was finding place to store it all. I know, I know, I should chunk the junk!  BUT .... maybe I'll have a use for it somewhere down the line???  Anyway, I reorganized my desks, and put some things away.  Let me know what you think - don't know if the desks will work this way, but hoping they will. Wondering whether I should get rid of the blue table at the back of the room. I want to use it to display projects, books, etc.

 Front of the classroom.
 Lonely bookshelf, now has books on it.  Not finished by a long shot!! Still got a ton of books to label. Waiting for some more bookshelves to arrive, then I can finish that area off.  Think this is going to be the most work!
 Side of the classroom with cabinets. Got my construction paper and extra papers  stored. Mailboxes on the right will be for notes home and homework, etc.
 Computer area - I only have one computer, so I'm hoping to try to organize a schedule so that all the students can have some computer time.
 Classroom from the door. There is a narrow passage between the desks in the middle that I can walk through.  Worried that this may close, but we'll work on it!
 View of desks from the front of the class.
Teacher area.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Inspirational Movie for Teachers

This is what it's all about! The reason why we take work home, sit up until all hours grading and planning. This is why we love what we do.  It's not a job - it's part of who we are.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Good things!

So, I just got notification that my visa has been approved for the next 3 years!  I am SO unbelievably excited. The way this has happened, is truly a miracle - it came through just a week and a half after being filed!  That's almost unheard of.  Makes me realize that I am where I am  for a reason.

Had new teacher training yesterday - quite an eye opener. Different in so many ways to public school - the stress is going to be GONE! I have the most amazing team mate to work with, and our administration is one of the most caring I have ever come across. I am so blessed.

Can't believe teacher workdays start in two weeks - I am really starting to get excited.  The summer has been too long.  Looking forward to meeting my new "babies" and getting on with some great teaching and learning :)  Roll on 2011/2012 school year!