This was a SUPER busy week with our "Meet The Teacher" on Monday. I met all 18 of my new MonSTARS and let me tell you, they are ADORABLE!! I loved every minute of it and was soooo happy that they loved their new classroom! There were several "this is the best classroom ever!" comments, and even one little girl who asked her mom if she could decorate her bedroom like our classroom. Melt.My.Heart! That is exactly why I spent all summer crafting it up - worth every minute!
Tuesday was our last teacher workday and my birthday! I worked hard all day long (even skipped lunch) so I could leave on time and celebrate with the hubs. Guess what? You know that stinky schedule that I vented about? The one where instructional time didn't start until 11:00?? The one that we were told would take an act of congress to change? Well, the act of congress happened as I was about to walk out the door on Tuesday!! At that point, I was already set to live with the initial schedule....you know, it was printed, stuffed in folders, handed out to parents, etc. so the change was a little frustrating at that point, but I know it will be a GOOD CHANGE for the kiddos in the long run! Now, we have time to teach everything in the morning before lunch, except for math! YAY! And, when I got home my husband had done it again....
The next morning was the first day of school with my new little Mon-STARS! I am soooo lucky to have a wonderful student teacher this year. I don't know how I would have survived the first day of school "Painting Party" without her help!!! Yes, there was paint everywhere, spilled cereal from our pinterest-inspired snack, and a little chaos, but I think the children enjoyed it! And we now have cute, colorful canvases in the hall to display student work.
Jitter Juice and Trix Swirl Cereal topped with a cupcake
Students colored their names which were attached to clothespins to hold their work.
All in all, it was a fantastic first week. I ALWAYS forget how much time is spent on teaching procedures. I'm really looking forward to getting into our ROUTINE a little more next week! I did implement several aspects of Whole Brain Teaching - LOVING the five rules with hand gestures, the scoreboard, teach-okay (this is my FAVORITE), switch, and mirror. Next week I hope to incorporate Superspeed Math and some of the writing techniques. I R-E-A-L-L-Y want to get to a WBT conference this year!!! Why oh why can't we have worthwhile inservices like this???? But instead, I get to spend two hours in a Microsoft Office workshop next week (SERIOUSLY....even thought I teach technology courses for the district and have TAUGHT Office classes in the past!!!!!!) My.BIGGEST.Pet.Peeve *Sigh*
I definitely hope to post more this coming week, but I do have a meeting 4 out of 5 days (The first full week of school??? Yep!) But hey, maybe I can multi-task during the Office inservice!