Saturday, April 11, 2015

Read Aloud Woes

Reading aloud to kids is the one part of teaching I miss most!  As a new administrator, I have yet to figure out how to get into the classrooms to read!

My read aloud choices changed depending on my class, but there were a few I always, always read to my kids: 

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar taught my students empathy for Bradley and reminded me of the kind of teacher I wanted to be.


The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs was a great first read. Despite its slow start, I promised my students an adventure if they stuck with it.  What a glorious lesson!  Plus it's the first in a trilogy.

The Witches by Roald Dahl because who doesn't love a great Dahl book - and how fun to read the witch's role in a heavy German accent!

Storm Runners by Roland Smith enticed even the most reluctant readers to finish the series.

There were more throughout the year depending on student recommendations, newly printed literature, and newly found classics.  But those four were always part of our classroom.

Next year, we are installing a librarian in our building.  We will not, however, be hiring a true librarian to fill this position.  Instead we will give the job to an Instructional Assistant with the hope that she will maintain the collection.  I hope to be fully involved in what that looks like for our students - and you better believe it will include lots of read alouds!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Beginnings

So I haven't posted in a ton of forever.

Since my last post in September of 2014, I have started a new job in education.

I am now an Academic Coordinator at the east campus of the school where I started teaching in fall 2013.

Essentially, I aid students and teachers with all things academic.

I prepare, plan for, and proctor testing.  Which in Ohio is a lot.

            A lot.

I try to keep up with the ever changing rules and laws that relate to teaching, students and testing.

I train teachers.

I attend meetings.

              A lot of meetings.

Teacher evaluation takes way more time than I ever realized.

Like teaching, there's always, always more to do...

It's a challenging, frustrating, amazing, difficult, fast-paced, sitting at a desk job.

Some days I hate it.

Most days I love it.

And I have given up my summers.

I'm not sure how I feel about that yet, but as the school year comes to a close, I like it less and less.

So, to keep up with my changing every day, this blog needs to change, too.

First a new design - stay tuned.

Then a new focus - perhaps professional development?
                             - perhaps more personal?
                             - perhaps something else entirely?

I miss writing.  So what began as a teacher's blog will become something new.

It's fitting that it's spring.  Easter time.  Time for growth.  Rebirth.

A new beginning...