So this next school year I've been given the task of teaching kindergarten at TWO schools. Yes, you read that right. I am teaching AM kindergarten at my home school, then traveling the 15 minutes, wolfing down my lunch, then doing PM kindergarten at a different school.
Our numbers are low. So this means I get to set up and decorate both classes. My mind tries to wrap my head around how I can manage BOTH rooms. I guess I may need to break down and get one of those cart things you see teachers lugging around:
I could see this opportunity through two different lenses!
1. They really believe in me. They believe I am organized and I am a good planner. I am able to bring my talents to a new building and bring my vast knowledge to a new group of learners!
2. My principal wants me to get "fixed". She's sending me off to learn the ways of the land at a new school, so that principal can whip me in shape!
Ok... I really doubt they are sending me off to learn something... maybe more they are sending me off because they know I will learn something.
Wish me luck!
So I've decided to give my valentine this year NOT to my awesome (and yet oh so annoying hubby) but to Readers Workshop!
Can I tell you I am IN LOVE?
Until this year. Our Superintendent informed us we were a Reading and Writing Workshop School (never knew that before!) So after silently crying... then telling the world it couldn't happen... I did it!
With the help of Kim Adsit and Michele Scannell. Their units honestly have giving me the strength I needed. I can and am doing it. My kids are reading like crazy people.
The true winner... TODAY... my struggling student brought over a self-selected book Balto. (Uggh... I was ready to reminder that we don't move around we don't get up nag nag nag) when she asked to to tell her why there was a statue in New York for this dog.
Yes... really. No, she did not read the book (it was a Level 3 reader) but she looked at all the pictures, she saw the words she knew jump out at her... she saw New York.
I thought I might cry!
So of course I encouraged her to take the book home and read it with her mom. (I am crossing my fingers it comes back... but if not, it was a good $4.99 spent!)
Now, my reading time is tight. We barely have time to pack up. But from11:20 to to 11:35 we are reading!
I am thinking of moving my schedule around a little to give more time. We've got to be able to fit more in right?
So, for you nay-sayers, like me, there is hope! It is my favorite time of the day!