Monday, June 18, 2012


I learned...that this was the best first class any teacher could ask for. They may have made me tear my hair out but they pushed me to be the best teacher I could be.

Something great that happened...getting hugs from each one of the kids and knowing they meant it.

Something challenging that happened...even down to 5 minutes before school ended Bhavya and Malachi were having a tussle...

A question I have...what was the point of today, aside from saying goodbye? No learning happened, let's face it!

I wonder...what their future holds...

Friday, June 15, 2012


I learned...we made it to day 179 without the construction causing any issues with school - but then we got a power outage and fire alarm in the span of 7 minutes!

Something great that happened...playing kickball with the kids - so much fun!

Something challenging that standoff with Bhavya in the lap over him throwing his book at me.

A question I have much academic progress will be lost by the kiddos over the summer?

I wonder...if I will be super sad or pretty happy for vacation come 12 on Monday...

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I learned...that if you give a child some responsibility it will make the day go so much better. That and timers are a lifesaver!

Something great that happened...seeing Connor right that amazing letter to the incoming first graders, it made me tear up so much!

Something challenging that happened...having Malachi and Neila wailing (wailing!) on the rug becaue I was so mean to take away center time from them when they misbehaved. oy.

A question I have...are the kiddos a bit less anxious about second grade now?

I wonder...if saying goodbye to kiddos ever gets easier...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I learned...that sometimes you just can't chase a child or worry about it, he'll come back eventually!

Something great that happened...the kids having so much fun at the electricity fair. So great for them to see the older kids' projects.

Something challenging that happened...the kids tattling like crazy today. Oy!

A question I it totally normal to just stop teaching and learning before the 180th day? What the point of 180 then?

I wonder...if the kids will be excited or nervous about step-up day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I learned...change the schedule at the end of the year and they just get crazy and silly about it, oy!

Something great that happened...celebrating our amazing year with out fantastic kids and their parents.

Something challenging that happened...having Connor just constantly go and come all day.

A question I have...was it wrong to bribe Connor back into the classroom?

I wonder...if they will remember me years from now...

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I learned...that a day goes pretty quickly when you don't do any formal academics!

Something great that happened...seeing the kids write their memoires of the year on the chart paper, so special and so proud of them!

Something sad that happened today...having to say goodbye to two of my kiddos today. Since I won't be there Monday, I said goodbye to Natalie and Jonathan today. I will miss them for sure!!

A question I have...what is the point of 180 days if you stop real teaching and learning a few days before anyway?

I the parents will like the slideshow!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


I learned...that the kiddos have some amazing ideas for what the most important thing about first grade is, just amazing.

Something great that happened...the kids writing such amazing things for the important things about their peers - seriously warmed my heart.

Something challenging that happened...Bhavya and Connor having full scale melt-downs at the same time. Not enough hands or reason to deal with it, just better to let it run it's course.

A question I tough love the way to go these last few days?

I wonder...if they will love the slideshow!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I learned...popcorn in the popper is by far the most amusing morning meeting game, ever!

Something great that happened...seeing the kids write such amazing "important things about matter" papers - they really enjoyed the short unit.

Something challenging that happened...having someone sound off as Malachi when in reality he wasn't there and then not knowing where he was, scary!

A question I have...what will the kids think the important thing about their friends is?

I much time I have logged in the break spot with various kiddos over the year.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I learned...being open and honest with the kids about the emotions of the year ending was a great way to get them to understand what what happening and what had to change.

Something great that happened...seeing the kids get so creative and into trying to melt their ice cubes!

Something challenging that happened...having to have the kids not talk at all during lunch. I hated to have to be that mean teacher but it had to be done, a shot across the bow so to speak.

A question I have...will the talk we had actually "work" or was it just a superficial fix?

I wonder...what the kids think the most important thing about first grade is.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I learned...that first graders can really grasp and understand the water cycle/three states of matter. Something great that happened...recording the songs with the kids for the sideshow, so fun to preserve these memories. Something challenging that happened...getting called a liar by a 6 year old and trying to not sass back. Not easy but it was more powerful to stare her down with "the look" I learned...that if you take away reading groups in lieu of something fun like recording songs, the kids will actually all go "but, oh man!" A question I have...will we continue to downhill slide each day or can we finish strong?

Friday, June 1, 2012


I learned...there is nothing like reading Ramona to my class and having memories of mom reading it to me!

Something great that happened...seeing Daniel read with Shane and Max and do so well at a harder level!

Something challenging that happened...the whole class being SO silly and crazy today. Heaven help us.

A question I it giving into Bhavya when we let him stay at legos even though he's exhausted his warnings/hurt someone, just because he won't/doesn't want to leave?

I wonder...anyone will try the bathtub experiment at home...