Category Archives: Accomplishments

10 months down, 10 years to go 

Count up, not down. 

Be proud of your accomplishments thus far instead of counting down until something in the future. 

I have nearly finished my first school year as a teacher. That’s 10 full months of pretending to be an adult and like I know what I’m doing. That’s 10 full months of making decisions not knowing how they will end up. That’s 10 full months of trying the best that I can to give my students everything they need to succeed. 

So this ending is bittersweet… I’m so grateful to have had this experience and I’m so grateful to have gotten to know all of these little people. 

Happy summer ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy it while it lasts… don’t count down until the next thing. Just enjoy the moment and the time you have now. Have some adventures, try to relax and regain your strength for the next little people. 

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February room update! 

My door and bulletins are finally done just in time for February! 

Check out all our hard work and learning. 

Valentines bulletin: 


Writing and drawing bulletin- representational self portraits and names

Science bulletin- nutrition unit: healthy vs unhealthy

Room door! 

Math center bulletin: construction unit- houses made from shapes

Birthday chart! 

Lightbulb: I’m an adult! 

All of a sudden, I feel this sense of growing up; of all of a sudden being an adult. 

Let’s back up: 

It’s a regular Tuesday, I’m sitting on the bus on my way to work and all of a sudden I have these thoughts in my head. Like I’m an adult, I have a full time job, I’m a teacher, I’m going on vacation with my boyfriend in a month, I’m starting grad school in a week, I’m paying for grad school, I’m trying to get a car or move out, I’m thinking of when I get paid so I know when to splurge and when to save. 

Now, to be fair, that’s a lot of thoughts to have all at once, and while I do feel a little overwhelmed, I kind of feel accomplished and proud. I feel like I’ve finally come to the point in my life where I feel content with where I am and am looking forward to the future. 

I’m an adult. Yea I’m still living at home and my parents still make me dinner and help me out more than I can ever express, but to me, I feel like an adult. I’m slowly transitioning into becoming an independent human and that’s exciting. 

Welcome to adulthood Z ☺

The Dreaded PTC: Positive Vibes and Outcomes

So yesterday was parent teacher conferences and it was the first time I was the teacher. 

For four hours, I spoke to parents about their child’s strengths and weaknesses. The definition of glow and grow. I listened to their concerns, their questions and best of all: their praise. 

Not one parent looked down on me for being so young or inexperienced. Not one parent said “you can’t know that because you don’t have your own kids”. They listened, they agreed and were thankful that I knew their child. That I really knew them. Their personalities, their interests, their strengths and areas that could be improved on. 

Through the craziness of the past three months, I have gotten to know 16 little humans who I now have a soft spot for. 

These kids want to learn and play and be appreciated and that’s what they are able to get. 

So waking up this morning was a little easier knowing that what I have been doing, all the hard work and all the time I’ve committed is appreciated and acknowledged. Yes I’m exhausted and can’t believe it’s only Wednesday but I have a little pep in my step ☺️. 

Funny story: During one of the breaks, I walked into my room and announced that I need hugs. Eight little munchkins ran over and nearly tackled me. And then I felt like I could continue haha. 

-Z 

Little monsters have made an impression ☺️

Good morning 🙂 and it is a good morning! 

First of all, it’s Friday so that’s always good. 

Second, my hair is clean and soft and curly…and for those who have curly hair, you understand the hype. 

Third, I accomplished something that I was very afraid of. 

Earlier I had mentioned that I was going to be working with younger kids… Well I spent the past two days with 2 year olds. Like crying, pooping, 5 second attention span – 2 year olds. Well today is my last day with them and despite the fact that my back is killing me and I hear crying every time I close my eyes, I will miss those little monsters. 

I was covering for another teacher this week and let me tell you, it’s not easy. Everything is so much harder than I thought it would be. All the plans I made…my well thought out creative activities… They do for 3 minutes and then run off. 

It was definitely an experience let me tell you. But I’m proud of myself for going with the flow of things. For being able to keep coming back even though 8 hour days felt like 12 and I felt 83 not 22. 

I learned some new words like nom nom and learned that you have to keep talking so that they are too distracted to cry (really!) 

I realized that nothing prepares you better than just doing. Because let’s be real, who’s ever really prepared to potty train or feed a 2 year old? 

So yes, I’m not an expert. Yes, I still need practice but I’m glad I had these couple days with them so that now, I’m mentally prepared for the challenges of preschool.