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Nine left! (356 out of 365) #blogaday

Wow, I cannot believe how close to being done with #blogaday I am! So much has happened in this year, and I have grown as a teacher and as a person. It felt like January 9th was forever away when I started last year but now that it is right around the corner, it is crazy. Time and memories go by way too fast 😮 and I have not written down everything that happened each day, but I picked out interesting parts and have the rest locked away in my brain for the keeping.

This is post (4 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.

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Talk to the Teddy (355 out of 365) #blogaday

While  I was looking back at posts, I found this one about when I found the Traveling Teddy Bear teaching group. I thought I would re-blog it because I have just finished having Bessie in my room! Sorry for the short post, but I have written 2 before this one and am getting tired.

https://newteachrtips.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/innovative-international-ideas-6-out-of-365-blogaday/

This is post (3 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.

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Adjusting to almost January (354 out of 365) #blogaday

Now that it is almost January (ridiculous!), I wanted to look back on what I wrote about over this past year. I focused on the 8th of random months because that is the day that I discovered the #blogaday challenge. I will be reposting my actual FIRST post of the challenge as the LAST post of the challenge to make it come full circle. It was really interesting to reread what I had written and see the differences in the posts as time went on – #59 versus #180 versus #271 is very different. 59 is about Spring term coming soon and figuring out the change in pacing, whereas 180 is getting my job offer at Kindercare! I really enjoyed this process, and time did take in effect with technically missing some days and having to make them up by posting more than once a day – the challenge was quite open-ended so I took it as more about sitting down to post every day (if you can), but mainly making sure you get to 365 posts in the year of blogging.january coming post

Seeing the difference in length between the posts was quite interesting as well. I was really into getting all my thoughts down and flushing out what I had to say in the beginning because I had the time to write multiple paragraphs before bed. But the one in October shows more what my posts have become – very short, with a picture (maybe), and some form of emotion ha. It makes sense that you would become wary and want to just write to get out the tally for the post that day, but I can definitely see that it will be hard to stop blogging every day or feeling the need to. I will definitely blog every week or every few days because it has become part of my routine! AND I LOVE HOW IT IS AN ARCHIVE OF MY LIFE 🙂

https://newteachrtips.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/suddenly-spring-59-out-of-365-blogaday-sol15/

https://newteachrtips.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/my-offer-is-official-180-out-of-365-blogaday/

https://newteachrtips.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/bag-of-bones-269-out-of-365-blogaday/

This is post (2 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.

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Mind to mouth mistakes! (353 out of 365) #blogaday

Many children haven’t figured out how to think about what they say yet because they just want to get everything out of their heads. One of the girls in my class on Monday just blurted out the funniest thing in the middle of naptime 😮 I just put everyone to sleep and she was the only one still awake, because she usually falls asleep by herself – she straight up just says “I’m going to fart now” I was in such shock and wanted to laugh uncontrollably (like she did after she said it and then “did her thing”) BUT since I am the teacher, I kept my composure and simply said “Ok, thanks for letting me know – that’s perfectly natural.” fart posti just love when things like that happen, and how the brain works to get you to say that. It is a complicated process to think about, but very exciting how speaking is possible. Also, thinking about not speaking is surprisingly difficult! I worked out today for the first time in quite a while (*cough* six months), and I really wanted to catch up on the blogging that I missed due to Christmas and family events that have been going on this week – HOWEVER, my mind to mouth communication would not shut up, for me to be able to write rather than just blurt out everything I was saying. Of course, I did not say “I’m going to fart now” but I wouldn’t put it passed my brain to think it.

This is post (1 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.

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Holiday happiness halts (352 out of 365) #blogaday

Wow I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone, and my vacation is almost done – there will still be some evenings of family fun because my sister is here until mid-week and my boyfriend for New Year’s, but it won’t be the same as being able to relax and enjoy a leisurely day playing games and enjoying each other’s company.

I posted 2 today because I got caught up in Christmas and Day after Christmas antics 🙂

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Research and reading (347 out of 365) #blogaday

This is what I want my future class to be like! Giving homework that encourages fun research and finding things that the whole class can enjoy and learn from – I like that this turned out to be holiday theme as well because it showed more about the children in the classroom.

Teaching the Teacher

I’m not a huge fan of homework. It takes away from time children could be spending with their friends and families as well as time to get bored.

However, I’m required to set it.

So rather than give the children a ‘task’ to do every week, there’s a simple statement which the children will then research as much or as little as they want.

My favourite home learning tasks are the ones where I can see the child interacting with their families, a walk in the park or cooking dinner together.

I give the children an empty sheet to fill. However, my class is beginning to experiment with digital units.

As part of our last unit into fashion choices the statement was ‘Santa’s outfit needs an update…’

This one is one of my favourites

I love that this child

  • thought through some of environmental factors –  the outfit  waterproof and…

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