Tell us a little something about you:
Something about me... Hmmm. Well I love daisies, the color green, I can't stand wiggling, loose teeth, I love Mnt. Dew, I have 4 kiddos of my own, I live on a farm and I secretly want to publish my children's books but don't know how.
How long have you been teaching?:
This is my 15th year teaching. I originally started in a classroom with 5th and 6th graders - talk about puberty issues! I then moved to second grade for 6 years. Loved it! I never thought I wanted to teach any other grade level. Then I was asked to do the Kindergarten class and, *oh my stars*, I couldn't believe it, but I loved it more than second grade! :) It soooo fits my personality! I can be crazy and they think it is great! I've been there ever since.
You might not know:
You might not know that I never wanted to be a teacher. People my whole life had been telling me what a great teacher I would make someday (probably because I was bossy). I was adamant that I did not want to teach! One day during my senior year of high school, after feeling a lot of pressure from counselors, teachers, parents, etc..., I remember putting my head down and silently praying to God, asking Him what I needed to do. The answer came to me immidiately - You need to be a teacher. Whoa. Really? It then occurred to me that He was right! (like He is ever wrong). I never looked back after that and I know it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
What are you looking most forward to this school year?
I am most looking forward to implementing Math Workstations the right way, learning about each of my new K kiddos and getting to know all of our new teachers! (btw - somehow with all of these new, young teachers moving in, I somehow became one of the older teachers! How did that happen!!:)
What do you need to improve?:
I need to improve my implementation of Math Work stations (I said I was looking forward to it - not good at it!) I need to improve my communication from myself to my team - I just had too many years of being a one-man band. I have a great team though and they will keep me accountable! I want to better organize my Reader's workshop. I feel like I do this fairly well - like I hit all the main points - but I want to really lay it out and have a yearly plan.
What teaching supplies can you not live without?
I can NOT live without sharpie markers, sticky notes, my computer, fun fonts, my Smartboard, my chartstand on wheels, Scholastic (we need an addicts group started for Scholastic addicts), and this great big old blog world!
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