The Traveling Teddy, Bessie, arrived on Thursday in my classroom! Things were a bit hectic so I have not introduced her yet, but the children will meet her on Monday – our unit is Things That Go so we will be discussing the various ways she could have traveled to us. I am excited for them to play with her and have her sitting with us during the small group activities and circle time:)
This week has been really nice overall with my coteacher in the classroom. We take turns doing morning and afternoon circle time, plan the week’s activities together during naptime and we work well with collaboration due to our similar ideas. I am looking forward to working with her more and getting better practice teaching as well as building relationships 🙂
I’ve realized that it can be tough to keep trundling along as a teacher (when your body is really pushing back) – this week, I’ve pushed myself to the limit. I was moving and housesitting and had a cough which became a cold and now pink eye. I made myself ill due to the lack of healthy sleep and relaxation. As someone who cares for the children, you really want to be there for them and feel bad when you can’t come in (and slightly need the money ha) BUT we work ourselves to the max most days and sometimes it comes back to bite you 😮
This post is for the 3rd – sorry was sick!
This week, I start back up – having just had a great four day weekend, it will be tough to get into the swing of things again (especially working all day :o) But I love seeing the kids and beginning our new unit on vehicles will be exciting!
Today the children made handprint turkeys! I remember when I used to come home with all those types of holiday crafts 🙂 it is so much fun for the children to pick out the colors of feathers and discover how tracing their hand works. It is also great for families to have as a long-lasting ornament!
This article stuck out to me because curiosity is something that many teachers skip over in the rush of getting through the lessons. During a whole group discussion, it can be difficult to allow students to discover the connections between concepts – I try to encourage it during my small group activities. With fewer children, they can start to feed off each other in a quicker sense rather than one student taking over. I really hope enough children are thinking on their own, and not just being spoon-fed information.
I thought I would write a poem about my experience so far
Yesterday, I had a great time bonding with some coworkers at dinner and a night out. It is really important to connect outside of work, so you can become closer friends and have a better trust back on the job. Dinner was much needed after a long week, and we all chatted for hours about our kids and other side conversations. It would be nice to make this a weekly event, and try to add more coworkers to the mix!
I knew I was creative and had some electronic art skills like with Publisher and my blogs, but I had never really thought of myself as artistic – I can’t draw to save my life 😮 After coming up with many ideas for the Pre-K students to do as well as replicating some I found online, I have started to rethink my art skills. I still know I am not going into the art business anytime soon, but at least my creativity is growing a bit.
Teaching can be tough, so it is always important to remember the happy and successful days. Today was one of the days – we had a great time creating wreaths, and everyone helped each other out with ripping the tissue paper and spelling names. Naptime went smoothly (even though only a few friends were asleep) because the children were calm on their mats with puzzles and coloring. AND we had a new girl tour the room who loved it and her mom signed her up to start next week! The rest of this week should be fun since it is a Halloween sticker treat on Friday, and I have an earlier shift tomorrow which will make a difference with when I handle certain situations. Hurray to a good middle of the week!