Reflective Teaching

As the school year begins on Tuesday, I will be participating in Teach Thought’s Reflective Teaching 30-Day Blogging Challenge for Teachers. So, look for my posts in response to the challenge’s prompts and questions all throughout September! Here is the link to the challenge if you are interested:

In other news, this week was teacher week at my school. Lots of professional development, a little time to work in the classroom, and lots of new formats and documents to fill out. Also- lots of new teachers! One of our new first year teachers is across the hall from me this year. I have been teaching for three years and know I have so much left to learn, but I feel like a seasoned vet when I talk to her.

I was lucky enough to move my classroom this year and I could now do a running back handspring (if I was able to do something like that) right down the middle of my new room. It is huge! With such a large room came an overload of materials, which I was so glad to sort through and share with the newbie across the hall. It felt great to be the one with all of the “stuff”. I made many trips to her classroom with the same question. “Do you have ______? Do you want them?” Each time she was so quick to graciously accept the things I didn’t want or need. I felt like Santa Claus.

This week has been full of ups and downs, but the fact that I was able to save this new teacher some money and put a smile on her face multiple times was absolutely a highlight that outshines the “downs”.

Tomorrow is our Open House. Students will finally be in the school to meet their new teacher and see their new classroom. I am so happy about this! Our hallways and classrooms will finally be complete with sun-tinged, smiling faces and tiny chatter.