My class this year is comprised of 10 boys and 9 girls. 1 of these boys, was brought to me the first day of school, from the Dominican Republic. He does not speak English and my Spanish is limited to what I can remember from High School. Thankfully, I have 2 adorable students who are bilingual and can help this little guy out. First Grade is probably the hardest grade I have ever taught (and I have been teaching it for half my career), but it is also the most rewarding. All my students are excited to learn Spanish words, when I am trying to translate.
In Addition, I have an ASD student pushing in for my Reading Block without a para. He is brilliant, and adorable, but doesn't want to work....yet. I spoke with my ESE chairs and they gave some encouragement and advice. I am so happy to say that yesterday he worked, listened, conversed with students at his team and left with a caterpillar sticker happily stuck to his little hand.
Of course there are always hiccups in any school year, but I am determined to be Unshakeable and enjoy my students and my calling as their teacher.
I usually do a little linky party for showcasing classrooms, I've just been so swamped this month with getting things ready for the year that I could not do my usual link-up. However, I invite you to take a peek inside my classroom below.
|Decided to use Creative Teaching Press' 6 inch dot cut-outs to make line spots on the floor.|
|A view from the door.|
|My daughter posing! She was a big help putting this room back together again.|
|A view from the back.|
|Love my easel|
|Library and word work storage|
|Calendar, Library, Fabulous First Grade Work and Self Portraits|
|Schedule-Cara carroll freebie and Jobs board. Creative Teaching Press library pockets and border. I made the numbers.|
|Don't worry, there are goals up there now. lol! the first couple of days my only goal was to follow the rules!|
|Our hallway bulletin board. I enlarged Melonheadz graphics and printed with the poster option. Letters and border are from creative Teaching Press. Teachers Names are on the music notes.|
|This is my AWESOME first Grade team on pre-planning week. We all brought in something for breakfast and spent the morning planning our our 1st quarter!|
|First Grade Rocks!!|
|Do you follow me on instagram? Here's advice I would give to anyone just starting out.|
|Cassie Thompson at Adventures in Teaching is a doll. This pack is perfect if you are getting ready for open house. I suggest you get some bright colored paper (Astro-brights is brilliant) and go and buy this Meet the Teacher Pack right now!|
|1. Stitch Fix is so convenient and easy especially if you are so busy you don't have time to shop. They sent me the dress, I wrote a note to my stylist telling her about Open house. I paired it with a pink cardigan and my new aerosoles shoe.sandals. If you want to get your fix click Here or on the link above for my referral. 2. Our Pod is one in a Melon!! Thank you Jennifer, you are 1 creative girl! 3. My new student and I were so happy to be matchy match.|
|Before: The first day of school. Again thanks to Stitch Fix, I was matching, stylin' and comfy for the first day of school. Get your Fix Here|
|But First let me take a Selfie! Son starting 4th grade!. Daughter Middle school, 6th Grade!! Lord Help me!|
|Can you tell i'm not good at these?|
|No explanation necessary!|
|Wake-up Work Poster (on the back is Pack-up procedures) someone remind me to take a pic of that please.|
|Yes, I still have a teacher desk. I am not sorry to say this at all. We get about 20 emails a day, and I'm the team leader. I need a separate space to organize myself, or it would be nightmare!|
|Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum|
|I've been doing this craft for a few years now. I'm happy to say that I still love it. Even though each student gets the hearts cut for them, the way the glue the ears, draw the eyes and bow, make it an individual product!|
|Mrs. Berggren is out of this world!-Did I mention I love teaching 1st graders!|
|Jitter Juice on the first day of school. 7up, fruit punch and sherbet.|
Hope you all have or have had a great 1st week too!
I've linked up with Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for #2getherwearebetter