My husband and I this summer when we went to visit my dad and stepmom in Texas. :)
Tell us a little something about you...
I have been married for 8 years and have 2 children. My son is 16 (I started young...) and is beginning his junior year of high school and my daughter is 12 and is starting 7th grade tomorrow. Although I am extremely busy preparing for school I am trying to balance my school time with my busy family time. As we all know it is harder than it looks!
How long have you been teaching?
This is my 6th year teaching and it is my fourth grade that I have taught. I started out in 2nd grade in a rural district. I was then hired in the city where I live as a Kindergarten teacher and taught at the same school for 2 years. The following year I moved to my current school where I changed to 4th grade (talk about shell-shock!) and after 2 years teaching fourth I am teaching 1st grade this year. (Super happy to be back in primary!!)
You might not know...
I had my son when I was only 19 (just one year out of high school). So, school was put on hold for me a little bit. I went to community college and changed my major a couple of times, met my husband, bought a house at age 25, got married at 28 and then finally at age 30 finished college and started my teaching career. It was a long hard road, but I feel like I have accomplished my goals and raised (or at least in the process of raising) 2 wonderful children. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the love and support of my amazing husband and family!
What are you looking most forward to this school year?
I am very excited to be back with my littles this year! It was a hard transition for me going from Kindergarten to those big 4th graders. It was a good experience and I did love them too, but my heart is with the little guys and girls. I have a lot of great ideas from all you wonderful blogging teachers out there and I can't wait to try them out on my new little friends! :)
What do you need to improve?
I'm really just feeling out the water right now. I have to get my brained reprogrammed for the training you have to put in with the little ones. I have forgotten how much training and preparation you have to put in at the beginning to get them the way you want them to be the rest of the year. 4th graders need training but these kiddos are going to need double the work. :) I also am attempting Daily 5 and CAFE this year and I really don't have a good grasp of it yet. We will start our training on that Wednesday and I just want to feel like I know what I'm doing! lol.
What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
I basically LOVE all school supplies! When I see them out at the stores I tend to pick something up EVERY time I go shopping. It is a bad addiction and I end up with WAY more than I can ever use. (husband if you are reading...CLOSE UR EYES!) But seriously, I love new pens and those Mr. Sketch smelly markers! I can't wait to use my new IPEVO document camera I just got this summer and FINALLY my new Regal Reading and Writing Easel that I have been coveting all these years! :)
Well, now it's your turn to link up at Blog Hoppin' and join in on the fun! I can't wait to "meet" the rest of you! :)