Can you believe it? School starts this Monday! How CRAZY is that? I feel like the summer literally just started, and now I'm married and starting school on Monday! This is going to be a crazy and phenomenal year, you just wait and see.
I just found out yesterday that I get a student teacher this year. Yes, yes, how cool! I am very excited and I can't wait to meet her (yes, it is a her) and get the year started. I'm hoping teaching the combo won't be TOO crazy and that she'll take some valuable tools with her by the end of the year. I can't wait for her to see us in action!
Aside from that exciting news, the only other fun bits are that back to school night was a breeze and successful and that now I'm finally done setting up my room for the first day of school. And I think it looks great. I went for a Dr. Seuss theme this year and I think that it came out wonderfully. If nothing else, the room definitely looks whimsical (you really have to be IN the classroom to see the full effect, but I figure the pictures I took will give you a rough idea.) :)
here. Then my apple is my classroom jobs chart. Underneath that, you'll see that I have a posterboard with pockets on it. Each pocket belongs to a child because the second week of school they will get sticker incentive charts on their desks (I'll post a picture once I make one, super simple!). Each time they clip up on the clip chart they get a sticker. They will have a sticker goal for the end of the month and if they reach it, to the treasure box they go (to pick a coupon that they can use). If they clip down, their sticker chart goes into time out in their pocket. Only once they get back on green and clip up from green do they get their sticker chart back and earn a sticker. Each time they clip down from green, I write their offense on the back of their chart (PERFECT for P-T Conferences!).
ObSEUSSed. I am working on scanning my books into a QR reader that will upload the book to an online library database, so when my kids want to take one of my books home, I can scan it and know at all times where my books are. Yes yes, I'm attempting to be tech savvy (or at least so I'd like to think.)
Woo!!! That was a doozy of a post! And I sure hope you got something out of it! Happy First Day of School everybody!