- Was welcomed into a building with a truly positive climate...
- Fell in love with a new grade level...
- Worked as part of a truly well-functioning team... ((What a breath of fresh air!))
- Implemented Quantum Learning into every part of my day...
- Finally KIND OF figured out how to run guided math...
- Celebrated amazing amounts of growth with my kiddos...
- Conquered my fear of field trips, including taking a 16hr marathon trip to Springfield, IL...
- Finished my masters! (happy dance!)...
- Got my *spark* back and truly grew as a teacher.
Thinking back over this year, while I still feel like I kind of got screwed out of a job last year, I feel truly blessed. Last year just plain sucked--you might remember how frustrated, defeated, and exhausted I felt when I worked, and worked, and worked, only to feel like I was being sent the message that it wasn't enough. This year was of course filled with its own challenges, as every year in teaching is, but during one of my evaluation meetings with my principal, I shared with him that I feel like myself again. What a wonderful feeling. While I didn't end up somewhere beautiful and new this year, I am confident that I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be. More than ever, after this year I whole-heartedly believe that everything happens for a reason.
My goals for next year include:
- Figure out how to get the kiddos using WAY more technology in the classroom--I totally suck in this area
- Figure out how to get my kids actually reading and FINISHING tons of books
- Work independent reading conferences into my literacy block somewhere, and take data on them!
- Keep working on guided math!!
- Take a sign language class--I will not only have an ELL cluster next year, but I'll also have a Deaf & Hard of Hearing cluster! (My school has the DHH program for the district.)
- Start Girls on the Run at my school--hopefully!
I will leave you today with some "gems" from the letters I had the kiddos write to me yesterday. I love reading the totally random things they have to say, and they can be pretty darn cute. :)
Because the ONLY reason for learning is to be smarter than friends and cousins ;)
^Note the triathlon themed artwork on the bottom--LOVE!
"I am super proud of the accomplishments. We did great, but not as good as you did."
Didn't realize I was in a contest against the kids!!
Look closely at the detailed drawing of the projector. I'm confused about the wavy line that connects what I assume is me to it.
:) Love random sharing.
I'm the One and Only Miss Teacher!! Woo!
Kid, I hope my summer looks just like this picture.
Aw thanks, I will try to keep it up!
Clearly they know that I am in desperate need of some relaxing time :)
Teachers--are you on break yet?? How are you celebrating your start to summer? I'm celebrating the start to my summer by enjoying a much needed night out with a friend tonight, attending a marathon training clinic tomorrow, and digging deep for my last brick of tri training Sunday before the Esprit de She triathlon on June 9th. Oh, and hopefully watching a Blackhawks WIN somewhere in there!!
What are your reflections on the year and goals for next year?