Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What I Learned This Week

I'm going themed this week with my lessons learned. Yesterday I went into school to begin setting up my classroom, which led to many learning experiences.

This week I learned that...

  • I took it for granted being in the same classroom for 4 years. I spent about 4 hours today putting up material and border on bulletin boards. While my room looks much cheerier now I did not enjoy the sweat pouring off my face as I climbed up and down ladders, fought a stapler, and pieced together borders.
  • my stapler stinks! Of course that is entirely my fault. I mean how many times can I drop a stapler from the top of a ladder and expect it to work? Adding a new stapler to my Staples list as I type.
  • setting up my classroom is one of my favorite parts of the school year. Everything is so clean, fresh, and organized. The room is just full of promise!
  • I have much to do before I'm ready for the school year to begin. My to do list is never ending and as soon as I cross one thing off I swear I'm adding three more things.

but the most important lesson I think I learned this week is...

  • I really do love being a teacher and can't wait to discover what this year has in store for me and my students.

By the way, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you have probably heard me ranting and raving how I still didn't have my student list even though they supposedly were mailed out two weeks ago. Well I'm very happy to report that I got my list yesterday when I went into school. Let's just say it is going to be an AWESOME year. Teachers would pay for my list...well at least I think so. I'm thrilled to actually have 6 of my students that I had in 3rd grade. I can't wait to see how much they have grown...physically, emotionally, and academically.

5th grade is gonna ROCK!!

Don't forget to visit musings of a housewife to read what everybody else learned this week.


  1. As a mom, I love this post - it gives me such hope for the upcoming school year and my kids don't even go to your school!! I really believe you have a very very special gift from above to be a good teacher - there are not very many people who would find such joy in what they do! Thanks for dealing with our kids and their issues ... and good luck this year!!

  2. Sounds like you're ready for a bright year!

  3. So you're moving to 5th!! Wow, how fun. I bet the change will be refreshing. And 5th graders are fun. (Although I did love teaching 3rd grade so much.)

    Did you check out DonorsChoose.org yet? Very cool site to get supplies for your classroom.

  4. I'm so excited for you. It's going to be a great year! I just hope my girls' teachers are enjoying setting up their rooms as much as you are!

    We were able to find out Audrey's teacher on the last day of school, but we won't know who Georgia's kindergarten teacher is until the week before school starts. They don't start until September 9, sooooo late! The school is waiting until the last minute because they don't know if there will be two or three sections of kindergarten. I'm really hoping for three, but we'll see.

  5. I love to see the change in my kids classrooms from the empty boards at the start of the year, until the ones full of their work at the end.

    Lovely that you are so enthusiastic about your class. Have a great year with them.

  6. Hooray for a good school year to come!

    And can I just tell you that your header makes me want to lick my computer screen every time I pull up your blog? Yeah, it's just wrong...

  7. Sounds like fun! I love getting everything ready for the new year as a homeschooler and I'm sure it's similar. 5th graders will be a blast.

  8. I bet you are an awesome teacher! I love how excited you are for your students. I hope your year is awesome!

  9. Oh I wish I could say the same. I have a daughter entering 5th grade but she has the same two teachers she had for 4th grade and 5th grade is NOT GOING TO ROCK.

  10. You're not excited are you? LOL
    Sounds like you're in for a fun year!

  11. I am glad it is going well!! How fun.

  12. Fifth was always my favorite grade to teach - I'm such an American History geek!

  13. Your excitement is refreshing!! I hope my kids' teachers feel the same way you do about the start of the new school year!


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