Monday, December 31, 2012
In 2012... Professionally... we started the school year with both a new assistant principal and a new principal. Having completely new administration is a challenge for them and for the teachers as everyone gets used to one another, but I think everyone's doing really well! We also made the switch to the Common Core Standards, so that's been a big adjustment for everyone. On the upside, my Kindergarten Team is the strongest it's been in a really long time, and that's been such a wonderful highlight to the year!
Personally... we've had a tough year as we continue to go through our adoption journey. My husband and I are pursuing adoption to start our family, and we're closing in on 2 years of being a waiting couple with our agency. So, it's been tough to go through another year of not being parents, but we're strong and we're hanging in there! :) We've had a great year with our families, though, and enjoyed an awesome summer beach trip in July!
This year was also the year I started my store on Teachers Pay Teachers! I opened my shop in June and I am still in awe of the support I've found and I'm humbled every time a teacher spends his or her hard-earned money on my products to use in the classroom! Creating products for my TpT store has made me a better teacher and it's helped me get a grasp on those Common Core Standards!
Professionally... I plan to continue to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core Standards and how to best implement them in my classroom. I also plan to continue my goal of being more organized in the classroom... so far, so good!
Personally... I am hoping and praying that 2013 will be the year that my husband and I will match with an expectant mom considering adoption and bring home our baby! Starting our family has been our biggest goal for the last 8 years and we are so ready to reach that goal!
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2013!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
One of the most surprising parts of the week was when one of my little active boys was having a really hard time settling down to finish his Roll-a-Shape activity. I decided to sit him down at a table by himself and away from distractions. I sat Barney across from him and told him that Barney was going to watch him finish his math activity and that he was really excited to watch him work on his shapes. I was shocked that it worked! It was so cute that I had to grab a picture!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Gingerbread and Christmas Fun! Can't wait! :)
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
So, I decided to switch to a new way of handling jobs... Helper of the Day! Each morning at calendar, I pull a name to be our Helper of the Day. This student gets to do EVERY job for one whole day. He or she leads the line, passes out papers, checks the weather, etc. Then, the next day, the next student on the list gets to be the helper. It works beautifully and saves my sanity! :)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
my TpT store to grab this fun turkey writing freebie to use with your kids! :)
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I have been teaching Kindergarten for 13 years. It's all I've ever taught and, as far as I'm concerned, it's all I will ever want to teach! On my first day of student teaching back in college, I stepped into Mrs. Cheeley's kindergarten classroom and I fell in love. Kindergarten felt like home back then and, 13 years later, it still feels like home.
I hope to use this blog as a way to connect with other teachers and exchange ideas and resources. I love developing new tools and resources to use in my own classroom and sharing them with other teachers!