Sunday, August 3, 2014

Upcoming School Year

I am super thrilled that I will be getting a new class this upcoming fall term. I started as a Prek co-teacher and it was strange at first but still very exciting. I am sad to say that my previous co-teacher (the current Prek teacher) will be leaving us at the end of the month. The kids absolutely adore him, he too has been a great mentor and confidence booster in my first year of teaching. In fact when I started in his class, I was the one who suggested the star system, I was confused, unsure and not very confident in trying it and keeping up with it. He made it happen, amazed and proud of this accomplishment of our students earning stars and changing their behavior has been truly amazing. I guess the part where he gave me confidence is just watching how he took my idea and implemented it in the class with the students. I feel now I can use any idea I come up with, I just need to follow through with it. I have to also be honest the behavior chart in my current class, well lets just say (I never followed through with it), it was difficult to keep buying prizes everyday so I scratched out the idea. I do have to say that sometimes there are students who will do something and try to earn a prize. I guess my whole Idea with the prize system is to encourage behavior that I wanted to see and eventually get to the point where I don't need to give out prizes for students to do things they should naturally do in the classroom like, picking up the toys.

My excitement of the upcoming class year and being in the class I started out in, just has me on over load of ideas I want to accomplish this school year. So I have been doing some research, checking out teaching sites, and gaining some knowledge on how some teachers organize and manage their classroom. I am excited to learn and grow some more as my first year of teaching. I truly hope I can improve and grow as a teacher at this center. My eagerness to grow and keep learning/growing is especially important to me, this has been my dream and I feel it's finally come true. That all on it's own is exciting add the fact that I get the class I want makes it the icing on the cake. Yes I do have worries, but none the less I am super excited to say the least. 
This time around I will have to be super organized, so that I am well prepared next year too. By the way it will be a full year working at my center in February 20th to be exact (I noted the date on my calendar last year). I feel like this is all experience to me and it's so exciting at the same time. Oh don't get me wrong, I do get stressed and Do go crazy with some of the kids and being a teacher is hard, But I make it work for me. At the end of the day, I love connecting with my kids even playing with them out in the playground or talking to them while coloring a picture is fun to me, you learn a lot from the many little conversations and I get to be silly with them. I love my job, and until I start hating it which I hope I won't any time soon, I will continue to be excited and eager to learn and grow as a teacher, after all this is my dream. One day I hope to have my own center but for now it's just exciting to learn and gain as much knowledge as possible. 

I do have a teacher planner that I made that also goes along with this blog because my hopes is to connect the two sharing all my experiences as a first time teacher and the things I have learned along the way. I will share my teacher/blog planner in an upcoming post and will post a video on my youtube channel. As for right now it's still a work in progress. 
Take care everyone, please leave any comments or advice below about what you have learned from your first year of teaching. I will take any advice I can get just so I make this upcoming school year an even better one. 

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