I love the first of the month. There's a certain fresh slate that comes with the beginning of each new month that makes me pause briefly and set mini-goals for myself of things I want to do better or different in the next 30-ish days. This is also my favorite thing about being a teacher, the ability to reinvent yourself each year!
This month, I'm excited because my sweet friend, Michelle, who blogs at Big Time Literacy is hosting her annual Big Time Blogging Challenge. I don't know about you, but I am much better at life when there's something holding me accountable in some way. Her challenge is just the push I need to spend some time putting my words in writing. I'm extra excited about this year because I have been thinking about teaching pretty much non-stop since signing my contract last week. I have so much I want to share, and I'm anticipating so many helpful posts from you guys!
Being that I'm on time today (woohoo... I did it right this time!), I thought I should link up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade and tell you guys what's Currently happening in my world...
Listening - I personally don't find most of the fail videos to be very entertaining. Actually, I often have to look away because I can't stand watching people get hurt! I love when he watches them because some of the clips have him in stitches!
Loving - I'm somewhat limited in what I can do to prepare for my new classroom since I haven't actually seen it yet (I've asked when I can come take pictures for planning purposes). I have, however, decided that I want to do black & white with pops of this seaside color that I LOVE. Joel's been helping me paint a bunch of old organizational drawers, milk crates, and my new teacher toolbox, and then I got really excited to find GLITTER spray paint! I underestimated myself by only buying one can, so we have to go back for more tomorrow! I can't wait to share the finished products with you guys!
Thinking - My project list keeps growing and growing. I'm making new posters and classroom management tools in my new color scheme. I want to be really intentional about making my classroom a CALM and INVITING space. I'm working really hard on the details that will set that tone. More to come on this...
Wanting - See above.
Needing - Part of this calm, inviting space, in my mind, includes making my classroom a cozy environment. I didn't see any carpet in the building, so I'm on the hunt for some inexpensive rug(s) to separate my spaces and make it feel like home. If you have any suggestions, please share!
All Star - Joel had to tell me today that it was time for a break. Since I'm currently working on my organizational systems, which is my FAVORITE part of classroom prep, I tend to get into a zone and forget to come up for air. I just have so many ideas floating around in my head, and I have a hard time deciding when to stop. I think this is partially because I haven't been able to set up my own classroom in advance since 2009! Every job since then has either started after the school year began or wasn't my own classroom (long-term subbing). This is the first time in a long time that I get to do things my way... and Im having too much fun creating all the projects I've been eyeing on Pinterest for years but haven't been able to implement.
Whew! If you made it through all that reading, you get a gold star in the gradebook today! :)