Thursday, June 18, 2015

Finally, school's out!

Whew, I am so glad this school year is over! It was a hectic last few days, but I got through it. I had to pack up my classroom and start the preparations for next year. It was sad to say goodbye to  3 of my students who are moving on to high school, but we did some transitions at their new school and I feel confident that they are ready and that it will go smoothly.

Here are the last few days in a nut shell.

Keeping the students calm. Any kind of transition can be stressful, but this guy does a good job of getting what he needs to destress. We didn't have any big issues this year, for which I am grateful.

The paperwork piled up at the end, but I got through it: IEPs, progress reports, report cards, ESY, last minute personal papers.

I decided to try something new with organization for next year and that is having monthly boxes organized by themes and boxes for very specific subjects such as behavior or science and social studies, etc, that are not organized by monthly themes. Boy was this a hassle to put together but thank goodness for my wonderful Paras who did the bulk of this! We'll be adding to it as the school year progresses.

Finally, goodbyes. I received this wonderful card from one of my student's parents and it touched my heart. This is what makes my job worthwhile and why I continue to stick with it.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Almost summer!

We have just 7 school days left and they will be hectic, with multiple field trips, 8th grade promotion, talent show, and packing up my entire classroom for cleaning. As well, I am trying to have everything ready for September, so I have been doing a lot of printing, cutting, and laminating (or should I say my fabulous Paras have been doing this).

I am also working on revamping some things for next year. I didn't do it this past year, what with my new job and then return, so I have a lot to do. I am also not sure whether to do monthly themes, or ULS, or a combination, or to change my set up from stations with 2-3 students, to individual stations. I have a lot to think about.

But before any of that needs to happen: VACATION TIME!!!!!

First, I am heading to Utah to do some hiking at Zion and Bryce National Parks.

Then I am going to Orlando, FL (I have never been and am super excited!!!!) for  the NEA national conference, and some fun :

Then it's Denver and New Mexico:

Then it's home and time to wind down before the next school year:

I plan to do more blogging after I get back. Have a great week!