Saturday, July 30, 2011

Moving....Again

For the past four years, I have had to move classrooms.  One year I moved my classroom twice!  Needless to say, I am a pro at uprooting 11 years worth of materials as I move it to a new room once again.

Here are the before shots of my new room....



We go back on August 29, but I will definitely be coming in before then to start setting up.  I may be a pro, but even I can't get a classroom set up the way I want in 4 days without feeling the stress.
Stay tuned for the after shots.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Monarch Teacher Network (MTN)

A coworker and I had signed up to be field testers for a Monarch unit being rolled out in second grade this year.  My coworker and our science teacher had already attended the MTN training and said it was a great experience.  Since my county paid for a few teachers to attend this summer, I knew I had to go.  

I just finished the 2 day training.  It truly was a great experience.  I already knew a lot about Monarchs since we have reared them for a few years at our school.  However, there were a ton of new tips and ideas I gained.

It is hard to sum up just what was covered.  However, I can at least share a few pictures of these beautiful creatures as we released them.

Beautiful right?
What better medium to teach life cycles, ecosystems, habitats, and a number of other concepts with?!
Stay tuned for fun ideas and lessons that I will be implementing this year.

If interested, here is the link to MTN's site:  Monarch Teacher Network where you can gather great information on how to bring this to your own classrom.
Another fantastice website is:  Journey North  We use this site to track the Monarch's migration.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my new blog! 

I have been blogging for years but have recently realized I need a new outlet for my blogging addiction.  I thought, why not start one about the trials and tribulations of teaching!

Like I have all the spare time in the world to do this.  But hey, if you know me, you know I am a glutton for punishment and am always working on a million "projects" at once.

A little about my teaching background:
I have been teaching for 11 years.  I taught preschool for a year in Upstate New York and then moved to Virginia where I have taught 2nd grade since.  In 2005, I received my masters in reading education from The University of Virginia.  Although I have my masters in reading, I decided to continue being a classroom teacher and apply that knowledge to my own students each year.

Teaching is truly a rewarding experience and I can honestly say that I love my job.  The only part that may not be the greatest aspect is the pay, but that is a story for another day.

Another interesting tidbit about myself is that my husband is also a teacher.  He teaches 6th grade at the same school as me.  We have worked in the same school for 4 years now.  It has been a lot of fun and since we teach different ends of the primary spectrum, we still have different stories to share at the end of the day.

Well that is my life as a teacher in a nutshell.  I will be using this blog as a way to share ideas, lessons, and activities I create for my own classroom.  I will also share great ideas I find thoughout my endless internet searches.

I hope you enjoy!