Happy Fourth of July everyone!
After a great BBQ and spending a fun afternoon with my dad and sister, I am ready to continue the celebration by taking part in Four on the Fourth. Thank you to the divine Ms. M for hosting a linky party in which we share four things we are going to try during the next school year. Click here to see all of the responses.
My four ideas for next year:
1) I am moving to a new classroom. I LOVE my current classroom, but the new room is even better!! But moving is a difficult task!! I am in the process of sorting and packing and moving boxes and then unpacking right now. I am very proud of myself for throwing, recycling, and donating so many items. I am also embarrassed by the abundance of items I have found. I mean really, how many ________ does a girl need? (Fill in the blank with just about any item, and chances are, it is something that I have found way too many of as I am packing up. Oh, except money. Except for a penny here or there, I do NOT have an abundance of money.)
2) I will be creating a completely new floor plan for my new classroom. Not only is this classroom bigger, but the cabinet arrangement is different so I am forced to rethink my whole setup. This thrills me because I am really thinking about what is best for my students in terms of furniture arrangement.
3) One goal that I have is to keep my teacher supplies more organized. (This goes along with number one and my current mess!) I don't have a teacher desk, but instead pile things around the room ... in many places ... some of which I can't find later. So to help myself, I made a Pinterest inspired teacher organizer. So cute! My plan is to keep all of my teacher supplies in ONE location. Wish me luck!
4) The kindergarten teachers have been given the go ahead in my district to implement the Common Core Standards. Hurrah! Wait a minute, this means we will need to rethink a lot of things. Yep. Exciting, but lots of work! (Oh, I will be once again teaching a kinder/first grade combination class so really I am supposed to be doing Common Core with kinder and the regular California standards with the firsties. Hmmmm .... me thinks I will also switch my firsties to Common Core, also ... at least in math.)
Okay, that is four. I am done! Good night to all!! Tomorrow it is back to sorting and tossing and recycling and donating and packing for me.
Love to all,