It's me...I know...it's been awhile...but honestly, it's just been all kinds of crazy and exhausting at the same time and I know I should use this blog to share and express my thoughts and ideas, but I have this horrible habit of keeping everything in and then one little word, thought, or experience can open my mouth and everything comes falling out...
But I won't do that to you...only my inner circle of trust gets to see that fiasco! :)
Oh...and don't think it's bad news or that something awful is happening on the home front...I'm totally fine...just a lot to think about lately...and possibly the winter blues.
So...here's a real quick catch-up:
Winter Blues...I'm really tired of the cold and snow and not that we've had a lot at all, but enough is enough. I need some milder temperatures where at least I can get outside for a little run in the early morning before school without thinking my lungs are turning into ice cubes. Plus, I think I glow in the dark...time for some sun!
Departmentalization...Our math teacher is on maternity leave right now and although we're missing her, her sub is top notch! We used to have 70 minute blocks, but now we've extended our blocks to 90 minutes for 3 days a week which being the reading/writing teacher, I totally appreciate! I was getting a bit overwhelmed. Note for next year...I want...no we need 90 minute blocks right from the start...if we get the okay to departmentalize next year.
Student-Led Conferences...I've been doing these for a few years now, but we decided to do them with our departmentalized classes this year too...so worth it! Our parents seemed really impressed and it was great to see everyone interacting. We even started brainstorming ideas for future events. We need our families to feel more involved in what's happening in our school...we do a good job with newsletters but I think we need to do a better job of informing our families how they can help their child be more successful. We have a few kiddos who are struggling a bit right now, but if they were just getting a little more reinforcement on the home front, they'd be more successful during the school day.
Last week my partner in crime and I went to Ohio's Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, known more commonly as E-Tech. I really like going to this conference because it pushes my thinking in a different way rather than just thinking about the academic part of first grade (and feeling like I'm not doing enough). I feel that my school district is very technologically advanced compared to the other districts in our area so this conference exposes me to new technologies that I can bring back to my classroom and share with my building. We sat in on some very cool sessions...one of my favorites was an Ohio Blogger...Mindy Newell!
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