Hello: Under-eye circles, glasses, and teacher clothes.
Good-bye: Suntans, sunglasses, and swimsuits.
Hello: 5:30 a.m. running in the dark with my mini flashlight and my best pal, Erin.
Good-bye: 10 a.m. bike rides to run on a trail and then have that turn into afternoon beach days and nighttime cocktails.
Hello: Early alarm clocks, late nights trying to get everything finished for the next day, and insomnia at 2:00 in the morning when you wake up and think about what you forgot to do.
Good-bye: Afternoon naps (with Tiko resting above me on the couch), staying up late for no reason just goofing around, and getting a full eight hours on a consistent basis.
Hello: Teaching three professional development classes, starting my Master's, instructional coaching, and teaching 8th grade LA (panic attack coming on).
Good-Bye: Long Lake sunsets, weekday concerts, wine and potluck nights....well wait, we will probably still have those. :)
Mumford and Sons concert at the Excel Center! :)
Hello: Friday Happy Hours with my favorite co-workers and glasses of wine on a random weeknight to calm down.
Good-bye: Peaceful, straw-sipping, fruity, and refreshing drinks during the day :).
Okay, that's probably enough :). In all seriousness, I love summer, and it's hard to give it up, but I also love my job. Getting back to work, seeing my co-workers, meeting my new students, and getting rolling has been great, too. Check out the pictures of my classroom that I'm teaching in this year. My co-worker, Samantha, teaches two classes in here, and I teach one. I'm excited to see how the room develops as we begin putting up anchor charts throughout the year with our minilessons. Keep following the journey this year on my blog-it's going to be a good one :).
The three areas above are for our three core classes. They are spread out throughout the room so each class has their own space. Each student has a mailbox that they keep their Reader's Notebooks, Writer's Notebooks, and Word Study Notebooks in. Also, there is a homework turn-in basket, a crate with their writing folders where we keep all published writing throughout the year, and library card pockets. When a student wants to check-out a book from our classroom library, they use the card in the pocket that has their name on it and write the title. Once the book is returned, they cross the title off.
Here is the guided reading area. Once we get rolling with guided reading and get all students benchmarked, we will have anchor charts related to guided reading on the bulletin board behind the table. It's hard to see, but we also have a plastic dresser storage behind the table with three drawers where we keep notes, books, materials, etc. for guided reading for the three classes throughout the day.
Cheers to a new and wonderful school year! I hope everyone's year is off to a great start!