Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Over whelmed

So how do a teacher get ready for a grade she has taught for 10 years after not even having a class for the past 2? It's like starting over in a good way. So after pulling almost everything out and being totally overwhelmed this is what I did.

* Start with a box, or drawer or pile.
* Break it down into 3 piles: Keep, Not Keep (trash or recycle bin), and Donate (but have a plan in mind)
* Immediately get the "Not Keep"  out of the house! Box up "Donate" and label with who, or grade level or something so you don't have to go back through it.
* Now go back through your "Keep" pile and separate into sub piles; Math, Language Arts, Reading, etc.
Okay so that's where  I am right now, but I have gotten rid of a lot.

Meanwhile I am so thankful for all the bloggers that post ideas and share their stuff. I don't have time right now to make stuff but hopefully soon I can and I will share back.Im already working on curriculum plans, and figuring out my class layout. It will be a couple of weeks before I can get into my room.They are painting and laying new tile down. Yippee!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New year, New school, New blog!

Well I have been so impressed with all you Teacher Bloggers that I had to jump in too. I have no idea what I am doing but here goes. I am starting this fall at a new school and in 1st grade which I have not done for a very long time. First grade was and is my favorite grade so I am so excited to be returning. But it is like starting "new" again. So I will try to document my journey toward the first day of school and share both things learned as well as things re-learned.

I thought I would begin with a theme and decided that first grade is all about exploring their world. I'm trying to decide which way to go Jungle or Savannah. So that's where I am now. Tomorrow I am picking up curriculum and seeing my classroom. I've been reading Debbie Diller's, Spaces and Places, to get some organization ideas. Reducing Stuff will be my BIG hurdle.

So stay tuned, my fellow teachers.