I've been silent for awhile now. It wasn't my plan for this year. I actually had BIG plans for this blog. I had so many blog posts lined up in my head and great things I wanted to happen.
I was super excited and enthusiastic about this school. I was moving to first grade and was thrilled! I've had a few rough years teaching special education and had become very discouraged. A new grade level back at my old school in FL was just what I needed.
I worked so hard in my room. I never got around to my classroom revel post but here are some my favorite parts of my room.
This is my absolute favorite place to be in my room. This rug from Kid Carpet! Everyday I look at it and love it.
I labeled everything! These AR labels can be found here.
I organized everything, and it made my heart so happy!
I made this awesome AR Points Clip Chart and then realized I forgot the numbers 65 and 70 (it's still hanging BTW).
This bulletin board was so dang cute! Seriously I didn't even know I could love a bulletin board this much. If you love it as much as I do, you should check out Linda Kamp's unit.
School started and it was amazing! I loved these kids as we got to know each other.
We built our reading stamina (graph from The Brown Bag Teacher) and learned to be independent readers.
We did our first science experiment, and the kids thought it was amazing. You can check out A Day in First Grade for this experiment.
And then it all came to a stop. :(
During the 2nd week of school, our school got cut a 1st grade teaching position. We also had an open ESE (special education) position that was unfilled. So the principal made the decision to move me from gen ed back to ESE.
I really, really loved my class. I felt so disappointed. Sending those babies home with a letter in the backpacks and not even being able to say goodbye as their teacher was heart wrenching. Yes, I still see them in the hallway. But it's not the same.
So now, I'm back as a resource teacher for 1st and 2nd grade. I have a sweet, sweet set of boys. But it has been a hard transition. I keep seeing posts about teaching the students you have and not the ones you wish I had. Well, I'm trying. I'll admit that it hasn't been easy.
Since my year got a rewrite, I had to give my bulletin board a new look. Thanks to Teaching Special Thinkers for this cute idea and the pencil craft.
I'm trying to be positive and make the best out of what I've been given. Maybe I'll even make it over to this blog every now and then, too.