This first week of summer is going to be spent tying up a few loose ends (trying to get the bag of stuff I accidentally left in my classroom), mailing important documents, and relaxing. The following week I will be at the beach, but after that I will be one researching teacher!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Summer, Summer Time
As of Thursday afternoon Summer officially started....for the students. On Friday at about 11am, my summer began. This is my first summer as a teacher and my first summer without working since the age of 15. This school year has absolutely flown by and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it went as a first year teacher. I'm spending this summer organizing my files, creating new ideas, and of course traveling and spending time at the pool. I want to be able to teach effectively this year without staying until 6:30 everyday. Although life as a first year teacher was perfect in the classroom with my students, there were a lot of things I had to do to prepare for them on a daily basis. I'm researching various ways that teachers teach in their classroom. I had all of my students write a letter about what they loved and what was hard for them this year. It was mostly a unanimous vote- they loved the way I taught math (lots of hands on and silly sayings), but found guided reading to be hard. Second grade is a tough year because you're getting them ready for the hard parts of third grade.