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Wow!It has been a crazy 1st week of
school. We started our kindergarten classes on Tuesday. As expected, I got my
20th student on the 1st day and so did several other
teachers.We enrolled 12 students
between Monday and noon on Tuesday.This
gave all but 3 of our 14 teachers 20 students. At 2:00 the District
Superintendent and Principal were discussing whether to hire a new teacher
or wait until after Labor Day when they were informed another kindergartener
had enrolled.After school we were
called to a meeting and informed that another teacher was hired and would start
the next day. The empty K class was being used by the resource teachers, so
everyone went into action. Within a few hours, we moved the resource teacher to
another room and help the new teacher completely set up class to receive 18
students the next day. Some of us lost the last student enrolled and a couple
of teachers lost 2 students. This left 8 of us with 19 students and 7 with 18.
We have had several more enroll so as of today 11 teachers are back up to 19.
The ironic part of this is that in May we were told because of the low numbers
the last 2 years, the District was lowering the Kindergarten staff down to 12
and 2 teachers would be moved to another grade or school.At the end of the school year, we had one
teacher move to 2nd grade and the rest of us not knowing if we would
be moved. The middle of July enrollment for Kindergarten was 50 students above
the year before, so a teacher was hired at the end of July and now they have
had to hire another giving up 15 teachers. The way things are going I wouldn’t
be surprised if I ended up with 20 students again. It has defiantly been a
long, exhausting, and exciting week. I have 19 wonderful students and can’t
wait to get to know them.
Well tomorrow is the big day! School
starts for kindergarten. I still have 19 students, but we had 6 enroll today.
That puts 6 teachers at 20. So today I went ahead and set up the 20th
desk just in case we have more showup enroll tomorrow. I’ll have a helper in the
morning to help out with getting everyone settles and help out if there are criers. I’m really
excited to get the year started even thought this will be the largest group I
have ever had. What has been the largest kindergarten class you have ever had?
My state limits the number of kindergarten to 20.
Open House was a great success! I have 19 little sweeties that I am going to
get to share the next 9 months with. I have 10 girls and 9 boys. This is going
to be a big change. The last few years we’ve only been having about 16
students. Kindergarten starts this Tuesday and I can’t wait to get started.
As promised, I took picture of my classroom to
share. I know this is a long post.
This picture is the wall outside in the hallway. I
have clothespins on the wall and hot air balloons hot glue over the clothespin.
I will hang up student work on the clothespins.
Here is a picture coming from the door.
This shows the left of the room, my word wall,
writing center and the open door is the bathroom.
I love my Welcome bunting and 1st Day of
School picture frame. These are my last week’s Monday Made It (sorry I didn’t
have time to post it)
A closer look and my jungle word wall. I had these
as a freebie in an earlier post.
Looking from the back of the room, my Promethean
Board and gathering area.
Library Center: I love my new baskets (still
working on getting them labeled)
Center Chart: I love this chart. I put Literacy
Centers on the front and then flip it over for Math Station on the back. I don’t
have stations labeled yet, I will put up center icon as I introduce them.
My behavior clip chart
This is my small group area. I made the toolbox
from Pinterest and the tubs. I have one drawer for each group and 2 extra for
Word Work Center
Math Station Tubs and Book shelf
This is the front of the room by the door. I love
the Good Listening Posters (sorry I can’t remember who I got these from—let me know if they are yours) and the
Common Core Poster from Deanna Jump.
I hope everyone has a great beginning of the year
and I’ll post more about what is happening in my class as soon as I can.
This has been a very busy last two weeks for me. We started
our before school professional development last week, Open House was on Wednesday,
and school starts on Monday. I’ll post my classroom pictures and my last Monday Made It this weekend.
I’ve had a few people ask about my communication folder
covers. I am re-posting them, so you should be able to down load them to get a
Resolution #1:Be more organized. I want to keep those piles of things that stack up my desk (and some time in a basket) put away each day. My resolution is to put everything back in its place at the end of the day instead of letting it stack up for a week or two.
Resolution #2: Go home at a reasonable time. I tend to get busy working on little things, talking with co-workers and then end up staying at school until 5:00 or 5:30 each day. I am going to work on using my time more wisely and getting things done on time.
Resolution #3: Take more pictures in the classroom. I tend to get busy and then at the end of the day it hits me “I should have taken pictures”. My goal is to at least take a few pictures each week to document student progress and what is happening in the class and of course share them with you.
Resolution #4: Do a better job of blogging and sharing what I am doing in the class with you. I started this blog last summer, but as school started, I only took a few times to stop and share what was happening in the classroom.
Those are my resolutions for this coming year. Be sure and stop by Teaching Madness and join Amanda’s linky party. uRose
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11. The first thing I have to have is my morning coffee. I just can’t
start the day without it. It’s probably a good thing Starbucks is not nearby or
I would be making a morning stop there each morning.
2. The second thing I cannot do without
is my new laminator. I have been able to get so much done this summer instead
of having to wait until teachers go back to school and wait in line for my
things to be laminated.
3. The third thing I cannot do
without is my teaching chart. Love it! I bought it 2 years ago as a reward to
myself for passing National Board. It has been well worth the cost.
4. The fourth thing I cannot do
without is my student mailboxes.
5. Love my Promethean Board. I don’t
know how I taught without it.
6. The sixth thing is my baskets and
tubs from Really Good Stuff. These are great to keep things organized.
7. The last thing on my list is
Teacher’s Pay Teachers. This site is awesome and I don’t know what I’d do without
all of the great and wonderful ideas from these amazing teachers.