Hello, everyone! In all the excitement of the first half of the 2019-20 school year, I realized something terrible.....I haven’t updated my website or blog!!
in fact, it wasn’t until I was a third of the way through winter vacation that I arrived at this realization. I’m standing in a line at SeaWorld Orlando as I compose this post.
i will share a couple quick updates. I am teaching fourth grade at an inner city school. the rewards of being a self-contained teacher greatly outweigh the challenges. My students push me to be the best educator I can be every single minute of every single day and I love them for it.
i would love to share some of the activities and features of my classroom, and I plan to use my blog to do so. Here is a brief overview. I maintain constant contact with my students’ parents using an app called TalkingPoints. I also send home a weekly newsletter. I start every day out with a student-led Growth Mindset chat followed by time for me to connect with my kids and go over the agenda before the day‘s instruction begins.
I teach ELA first using the Reading Street curriculum. Small groups EVERY DAY! (Except for the first Monday of the unit and the last Friday) Then after “plan period”, I teach math using Ready Math. Lunch and recess offer a nice break for both the students and myself, but I eat with my class (either in the lunchroom or my classroom) usually once a week. Finally, I teach two blocks of science using Tennessee’s InspireScience (my students travel to another fourth grade teacher for social studies). Before I know it, the kids are off for dismissal and I am left to pick up where I left off in planning and preparation for the future!
I won’t get into too much detail about classroom management or routines in this post, but my experience so far this year has solidified my understanding of one core concept - RELATIONSHIPS come first, LEARNING comes next. I am proud of my students every single day. They stay engaged, they put forth their best work, and they constantly prove to me that they are respectful and motivated learners. It has been a great first year of teaching so far.
Is it all sunshine and rainbows? Of course not. For myself and for my students... the old adage, storms make roots grow stronger... 100% We have made it through so much together so far, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds.
Ill try not to let another half-school-year pass before finding an opportunity to update this site again! Thank you for reading, reach out and contact me (I’d love to hear from you!), and I hope you check back here again soon! Until next time! - Wil