Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear 2015 me

 NOTE: I actually wrote this a couple days ago but I’m just getting around to posting it. It was a long week!
So I’m participating in my first link party thanks to Crystal from Kreative in Kinder. She is one of my inspirations for becoming a teacher blogger and I absolutely LOVE this idea! Not only because I can’t even begin to count the number of times this week I’ve asked myself, “was it really like this last year?” but also because the thought of knowing that there are other teachers out there asking themselves the same question is a slightly comforting feeling.  I do believe I’m making a difference, I believe we’re all making a difference but let me tell you after a few a day or weeks…maybe even months of saying
Sit down,
Keep your hands to yourself,
Walk please,
And my personal favorite…raise your hand if you want to talk
I can no longer drown out the voice in the back of my head that screams I CAN NOT DO THIS ONE MORE DAY!  Oh the joys of Kindergarten.  You truly can’t understand until you’ve spent a few days with TWENTY THREE 5 year olds who don’t really understand the concept of school.  We are surviving though, really we are.

So here it is a letter to my 2015 self.  Last year I kept a notebook of things I wanted to do differently and some lists of things I should do ahead of time to make my life a little easier this year.  I think this letter will fit nicely in there.  And as for the screaming voice in my head…I CAN do it one more day.  I did it one more day every day last year and I WILL do it one more day tomorrow…but then I won’t have to do it again for two days because it will be the weekend!! Hello light at the end of the tunnel! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Transformation Tuesday

Well we are halfway through week three of school and it already feels like we’ve been here for years!  It’s that time again, the beginning of the  school.  The only way I can describe this blessed time of year is, insanity.  Even though this is my second year of teaching Kindergarten, I honestly don't feel any more prepared than I did this time last year…okay maybe a little more but not a lot.  There’s just something about starting all over again with a new group of students who’ve never experienced school that I just don’t think ever really gets any easier.  A lot of my students did go to Pre-school last year but still, Kindergarten is different.  We’ve had lots of tears, some good days, and some not so good days but we’re working through it.  The beginning of school is tough and some days I just feel like I’ve failed miserably.  However, there is bright spot in all of this chaos, a silver lining, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you get it.  ORGANIZATION!

 Last year I was not officially hired until October, so that meant I had to make do with what was in my classroom and where it was until summer when I actually had time to clean out and organize all of it.  The teacher that retired left a lot of supplies which was awesome, the only problem was I had no clue what all was in the classroom.   My goals for the summer, 1. clean out my filing cabinets, 2. update my classroom furniture, and 3. organize my bookshelf.

First, I took on the filing cabinet.  I don’t have any pictures of that but it’s kind of boring anyway so I’m sure you won’t miss it.  It wasn’t too bad, couple of weeks and I had it all cleaned out and put back together.  It was amazing! I was so excited I dove right in to the bookshelf. I couldn't wait to see what was in there so I pulled every book off the shelf.  It was great…until I looked down at my floor.

The books were everywhere and I thought for a minute I was way in over my head.  Long story short, I DID get my books organized.  It took a little longer than I expected but I know what books I have now and where they are and that to me is priceless.

 Finally, my chairs and bench had really seen their better days and it was time to give them a boost as well.  Now I can promise you I am the furthest thing from an artist but I got a little dose of inspiration when the mom of one of my former students redid an old wooden chair for me.  At first I had all of these creative ideas and I was just sure that I could mirror many of the designs I saw on pintrest but I quickly realized my best option was just to go with a solid color =).  Like I said, I’m not an artist.  I do have some pictures but I'll save them for another time.  
So there you have it, transformation Tuesday bookshelf style.  It's the little victories that get you a long day of Kindergarten.  Oh, and for all you teachers out there, I have more good news...Friday is only two days away!
    XO ~ Devon