My First "Back to School" Purchases for My New First Graders!

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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

First Day of Meetings and More!

Today was my first day of back-to-school meetings!  As you may know, I'm in the process of receiving my principalship license and am in my second internship of my required classes.  One of the requirements is to collect 90 hours of observing other administrators and pretty much doing anything they ask me to do!  :)  I love the experience but I feel so frazzled between classwork, internship stuff and getting ready for my's just crazy!  Anyway, I was able to attend the new teacher orientation this morning and the technology training for the newbies this afternoon.  Gosh...I remember being that new and full of nerves!  Glad I'm where I am! :)

Now a confession...I was multi-tasking during the's kind of my thing.  I was actually helping my 2nd grade teacher friend create her own blog.  She's brand new to blogging but has a ton of cool ideas too...give her a few weeks to get herself up and running officially but you'll definitely want to give her a peek!  Here's where you can find her: Sumner's Crows Nest.

After our meetings I ran over to school to check in on my branches and I had four that were dry and ready to paint!  Here's an updated picture of two of them:

I also got all of my books organized and on my shelves...whew!  It was really hard to separate the books I use or might use from those that I probably haven't or won't used (if that makes sense) but I am bringing home three boxes of books to thoroughly sort = PROGRESS!
Of course I'm missing one of those little pieces that hold up the shelves!  :(
It has to be somewhere!
I also put up my outside bulletin board...well, it's partially up!

I found the idea of using caution tape from one of my new blogger friends so I can't take full credit for the idea!

I'm working on little signs that reference each of my students.  For example, a sign that says "Leanne's Great Ideas Coming Soon" to give it a little more personality.

I have so much to do but I let myself do a little blog stalking tonight and saw that the girls over at First Grade Fanatics are hosting a Back-to-School giveaway!  Make sure you visit their site so that you can join in on the fun!  They have some awesome goodies!

Well, that's it for tonight!  My technology teacher (and very good friend), Mrs. Kania and I are presenting at Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District on Friday!  We need to put the finishing touches on our presentation tonight so that we have time to add those last minute ideas that always come to us when we think we're all done and ready to go.  This is our second year presenting at ACVSD and we are so excited!  Oh!  By the of the teachers, Marcy started her own blog too! Check her out at SUNdling's BRIGHT Ideas!

Tomorrow's Goal:  Wake up early, be productive so I can have a little pool time in the afternoon!  :)  19 Days!!!!


  1. Thanks for giving a shout out to my blog! I have been telling some fellow co-workers about your blog!

  2. No problem, Marcy! Hope you get some more followers because of it!