Monday, July 27, 2009

How do I find the time?

What a week! My mom and I spent most of last week in my non-air conditioned classroom preparing for this year. We have cut, velcroed, taped, moved, packed, unpacked, copied and SWEAT! Man is it hot in my room! Even when standing right in front of my standing fan, it's HOT, but it's been worth every drop of sweat.

My room is coming together fabulously (thanks Mom!). Having completely moved rooms from one side of campus to the other, it has been a challenge to get the room ready. As of today, most of the big things, like furniture are where I want them to be, now its time for the small stuff. I have so many ideas for bulletin boards, that I don't even know where to begin! Once I get my class list, I'll have even more to tags, mailboxes, class lists, etc.

Where will I ever find the time? That's the thing, it always gets done. I always manage to get everything done and I don't always know how it happens. I love what I do, and that's why I cut, velcro, tape, move, pack, unpack, copy and sweat.

Til next time...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Call Me Crazy

Most are calling me crazy at this point. We have 3 weeks until school starts back and I can't wait! I am so excited! Not only will this be a new class, but a new room, new grade level, new GLEAM mates, new curriculum, new, new and more new! But I am certainly up for it.

I have been planning in my head since the day I found out I was switching grade levels. Now that opening day is fast approaching I can't believe it is actually happening. My biggest problem is have too many ideas running in my head all at once. Too many magazines and resources. I need to start just taking this one step at a time.

Not only am I trying to plan for the beginning of a new school year. I am getting things organized for our annual staff retreat. I LOVE being in charge, and those of you that know me, know this about me. I thrive off of keeping myself busy and being able to get things done. I always say that I would rather do something myself, so that I know it's being done how I envisioned then let others do it. My mom says that I need to learn to delegate, I'm promising myself to work on that this year! It will be hard though. I like the appreciation.

I'm heading back to my classroom tomorrow, so I'll be back to let you know how that goes! Until then...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Teaching's Not Cheap

Everyone who is a teacher, was a teacher or knows a teacher, is well aware that teaching is not CHEAP! I should know. Each year I spend well over $500 to get my classroom set up and then even more throughout the year for snacks, projects, books, gifts for the kids, supplies, etc. Although our school gives us a $300 reimbursement, it just barely covers the amount the typical teacher spends.

My husband always comments that his teachers never bought him things, but times have changed. In order for me to teach to the best of my ability, I need certain items for my classroom and that includes resource books, project supplies, etc. Unless you are or have been a teacher, it's impossible to understand!

Parent donations are always greatly appreciated, but sometimes, there are things that just have to be bought. The best thing that parents can donate are basic school supplies: crayons, markers, paper, pencils, expo markers, etc. Snacks are great too! It's never fun to have to answer "sorry, there isn't any snack" when I kiddo says "I'm Hungry."

As expensive it is to be a teacher and as little as we get paid, I wouldn't trade my job for any other. I love what I do, I love the kids, and I even love the crazy days. If you know a teacher, DONATE supplies! You know you want to ;)