Friday, January 27, 2012

Mental Mush

Life has not slowed down for this soon-to-be fifth grade chick. Not at all. I have just finished my long-term sub position in third grade, only minorly unscathed might I add. So now I have a whole four days to get myself totally ready for my new classroom. Which, by the way, is going to be a HUGE job for the undertaking. This is why...

1. The teacher that I am replacing is retiring and therefore does not have any desire to remove anything from the room. So she's leaving me everything. Which would be great, except...
2. Everything in the room is at least 20 years old. And cardboard. And brown. Very little color in the room as is. 
3. The classroom decoration consists of opened manilla folders stapled to the wall with words scribbled on them in magic marker. 

I could go on. The room is an eyesore. Y'all reading this don't know me from Adam, but I am very into visual appeal. I believe wholeheartedly that if an environment is unattractive, optimum success cannot be achieved. Especially in school. Kids need to see color and inspiration in their classroom. This shows that their teacher cares and, if there's one thing that I do, I care. So anywho, long story made a little shorter, I have plenty of things to keep myself occupied for this short "vacation" between jobs.

I thank God for Pinterest. Seriously. There are so many ideas out there floating around that are free for the taking! I have spent countless hours stalking strangers' boards and repinning like a mad woman. Also, blogs! My mercy there's a lot out there. Way more ideas than I have time to search for. But I have found a lot of things that I do intend to replicate/rework for my own learning space.

I have a board full of Classroom Quotes.
today IS a new day!

I have a board for just random cute things. 
love how the clocks are labeled

I have a board for classroom management.

Another great behavior management chart!

And more!

Oh, I found a linky party to join up with. Daliene at happydaily is giving away a copy of her favorite read-aloud to a random person who posts about their favorite read-aloud book. This is an EASY one for me! This girl is OBSESSED with Dr. Seuss, simply because I think nonsensical words and rhyming is always enjoyable to hear spoken aloud. My absolute favorite, without a doubt, is The Sneetches. I love it because it actually succeeds in teaching an important lesson on discrimination, but it does so in a way that is not threatening or offensive to any ethnic group. I love doing a lesson based on this book, but simply reading it gets the message across as well. LOVE it.





But I digress. Anywho, that's where I am in my journey. Busy. Stressed. But more excited than anything else. I have arrived at my ultimate dream in life at the ripe young age of 21. I am not kidding when I say that. Teaching has been my dream since before I can remember dreaming. There is nowhere else I intend to be. Ever. So I am going to give this gig my best shot. I am building my career starting here, from the ground up. I could not  be more tickled!

Come Wednesday morning, I walk into the classroom and my name goes on the door. It will be MY classroom. At long last, "Ms. Evans is IN THE HOUSEEEEE!"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Currently...

So as I've said, I'm new at this. And I'm "currently" somewhere in between completely clueless and utterly uneducated when it comes to this blogging thing. But I'm trying! And I tried to do this "currently" thing that I have seen absolutely EVERWHERE. Shout out to Farley over at "Oh' Boy 4th Grade". Anywho, I have now successfully pasted this cute little diddy down there and am now going to investigate how to get my own text in the cute little graphic. ...still trying.



Well now that was a challenge. And I'm not sure it's quite right. But hey, wasn't that fun?!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Newb

Okay, so I'm new at this. And I admittedly have no clue what I'm doing. But I'm giving this a shot because, here I am, about to start my first real teaching job, and I am finding that I know very little about running my own classroom. I am terrified. Truly scared. And I can't help but think that, through linking up with the all-knowing veteran teachers through blogging, I just may make it through this exciting/terrifying first-year experience. I can't promise that my blog will be interesting. I can promise that it will be full of new experiences and celebrations, and maybe the occasional failure. And I'm fine with that. I'm young. I'm excited. And I can't wait to have the chance to be the great teacher that I have always dreamed I would be. So here goes. Jumping right in.