Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Week

It's been a great start to the year so far.  I love my kiddos and we are having a ball!  Just wanted to share a few reasons why I love my job:

Monday morning before school started, I was standing outside showing my kids where to line up when a parent from two years ago (my intern year) came to say hi.  She told me that she was talking with her son Trevor that morning about the coming year (as a sixth grader!!).  She asked if he was excited for a fantastic new year.  His answer was this: "I think it will be a good year but nothing could beat the year with Miss Wiser."  When she told me, I nearly started crying!  That totally made my day and I love hearing that my students enjoy being in my class.  I love having them and getting to know each one individually so to hear that I've made such a difference just makes me so happy.

The last three days I've seen so many past students and it's been so fun.  I run into them all over the school and they all say hi and some give me the biggest hugs.  I feel like such a celebrity when I'm with the other third grade teachers and all these kids come to say hi to me!  It's just such a rewarding feeling.

And last story for today.  I went to lunch with a team member this afternoon and as we waited for our food, I met one of my parents for this year.  She said her little boy is already loving this year and she's so excited for him to be in my class.  I'm not sure what I did to make an impression in the first three days but somehow he thinks its already going to be a great year.

The other day I realized that nearly half of our third grade belongs in one of my two Chinese classes (about 50 out of 110)!  That's a lot of kids!!  There may be ups and downs to teaching in the dual immersion program but one of the things I love most is being able to meet so many interesting kids.  They are so adorable and make it all worthwhile. (P.S.  I think I have all their names down already too!  What a miracle!)

Here's to hoping tomorrow's Back To School Night is a success! And pictures from my first day.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Year...New Adventures!

Well, I'm about a week and a half away from the first day.  Still can't get in my classroom until Monday but at least I can get some things ready before that.  (We have a year-round school in our district who's building is being worked on over the summer, so they are occupying our school until the end of this week.)

I'm sticking with the OWL theme just because I LOVE it and may also be too lazy to change it...but I do have a few things I will be adding to my room this year.  And of course, these ideas are from Pinterest!

The first is for pencils.  You know how your kids are always breaking or losing their pencils.  Well, this  clever teacher decided to use a straw dispenser for new pencils.  You fill it up and any time a student needs a new pencil, they just go and grab one from the box.  Genius!  I bought one online a few weeks ago.  It finally got here and I pulled out my Cricut to cut out vinyl letters for the front.  I saw a few people had also lined the inside with cute scrapbook paper.  I may have to do that too.  Anyway, here's what I've got for now:

OK guys, I'm SOOOOOOO excited about this next idea!  I don't know where the original idea came from.  I got this from a friend's pin but it doesn't link it to a sight.  Ready?....

I'm not done yet, but basically, the idea behind the ReadBox is that the display shows several books that the students might want to try.  I printed off a couple book cover images that I will put up on the red background.  Some of these are in my library but others are just to get ideas of what to read.  I also went to my local library and they had pamphlets recommending books on various interest levels.  I grabbed a few of those and will have them located next to our ReadBox display.  I'm really hoping that my students will get excited about this and find some new things to read.  I'm tired of everyone ready the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.  While they are funny and easy...they are TOO EASY!  My kids need more of a challenge and I'm hoping that this will help pump them up.  If you want to use this in your room, feel free to download the "screen" and use it however you'd like!  I'll make sure to post pictures of the finished project next week when it's all set up!

Here's the finished ReadBox.  My kids LOVE it!