It's the end of April and the school year is winding down. There's a countdown going in most classrooms. Teachers and students alike are ready for summer break! Who starts a teaching blog now??? Me, I guess!
This was my 17th year as a teacher, and while I've changed grade levels before (PK, K, and 3rd), I felt that it was especially challenging because I switched grade levels from kindergarten to first. There's quite a difference, and I knew that going in! You can't deny it- first grade is when children are expected to learn their foundational skills and knowledge for... well, basically everything! No pressure.
This year has been A LOT of work, but I'm so glad I made the switch! I love teaching first grade! I've found this age of students to be simply delightful- so ready to be independent, yet they still adore and look to their teacher to show them the way. They are enthusiastic and playful, yet also serious about their endeavors; I love the passion and total commitment they bring to each and every expectation that's set for them. The growth that they make is so incredibly rewarding. I thought kindergarten was the most inspiring grade, but first has captured my heart!
The best thing about this year has been the journey I've been on. I guess as this school year comes to a close, I've been reflecting more and more about what's been happening along the way- thus, the birth of a blog!
I'm happy to say that I continue to grow as a teacher and expect that I'll never stop. It's my hope that this blog will allow me a way to continue to reflect on my teaching methods and what and how my students are learning. I also look forward to exchanging ideas with others; I always feel like talking with a colleague leads to the best kind of "Ah-ha!" moments. I hope you will join me as I continue on my journey in "creating a thoughtful classroom!"