Friday, September 24, 2010

Back to "normal" schedule

I am sooooo ready to be back with my kiddos on Monday :)
You know back to "normal" schedule. I am really going to try and get serious with our centers. Our new curriculum has language arts centers that go along with our curriculum.

I get 30 min of reading small groups-that we use for TAKS skills basically since we get an instructional aid to assist with a group. We also get 30 min of math small group-so far we are using them to reinforce concepts we are learning, practice and go over test with individuals. 
I am thinking of bringing in a DS gameboy with educational math games for a center as well, this will allow students the technology use we lack. I don't know I"m basically just writing the million of thoughts swimming in my head hoping they make sense.

I will use the last 40 min of class to do the language arts centers and leveled reader group.. I'm not sure how all of this will work out, I guess all I can do is a trial and error of different things.

I think by the time I get it down to were I want it, it will be the last day of school.

I'm still breathing!

Wow it's been like two weeks since my last post! Well good news...I'm still breathing...

This week was CRAAAZZYYYY!! I had to complete my 5 days of solo teaching in Kindergarten, for student teaching. I can't complain because I am in a very blessed position to already have a teaching job, regardless of it being "unofficial" until after graduation. I only need to complete 5 days of solo teaching in two different grade levels.

I did enjoy kindergarten, they are soooo cute! I actually got kind of attached to the kids in only five day, funny how that happens. I still had to plan and organize things for my third grade class. Therefore it was kinda like being in two places at once mentally...it was exhausting!

Glad to be done with first rotation...84 days to go until graduation and my job being official :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I teach 3rd grade..I'm not in it.

Only downfall, con or whatever you want to call it, about this job is---it's like going back to elementary school, literally.

There are clicks, whispering, and a lot of "she said, she said."

I kind of belonged to the "no clique" clique in high school- I don't intend in joining one now. I am a very friendly person that talks to people across the board, regardless of what grade they teach, position they hold or whatever.  Ok enough of that rant.

"I teach 3rd grade, I'm not in it." :)

All aboard!!

OK things are starting to roll....
wow 3 weeks already!  This is the second week of instruction and to be honest I still haven't gotten in the grove of things. Last week was kind of establishing routines academically. But now our schedule has more changes! We were starting on reading  curriculum last week but were told to not start until this week so mid way through last week we had to re-plan. Which caused me to be kind of thrown off. I am ready to get in the grove of things already...really establish a schedule.

We are beginning small groups this week.  I get an instructional aid for 30 min in the morning for reading groups. Then hours later I get her back for another 30 min for math groups. For reading we are working out of a workbook which contain a small story with questions. wohooo right?! This is what the other bilingual teacher said we're doing and well I'm going along with it for now. I mean she's done it this way and gotten results so I'm sure it can't be too bad. Boring? maybe, all I got for now? yes!

I am trying to come up with math centers for math group. For those out there starting your first year soon...start on centers NOW if you want to integrate them in your class.

Well I'm off to finish lesson plans for the week (lesson plans are getting the best of me!seriously the most stressful thing so far)....yes I know this is something I said wouldn't happen. I said I would plan my weekly stuff on Friday and not leave the school until it was ready.I think I'll eventually be able to do that but in the meanwhile...I'm getting this ball rolling.