So I have been contemplating this post all day. Couldn't decide what to write about but I have a bunch of different things floating around and I am just going to write them down. (disclaimer: this could get long as I have no idea what all I will include...so if you are not in the mood for random or long or possibly boring although I will try to make it exciting. Then you might want to stop reading now.)
I have a list floating in my mind of some extra reasons why I love my job.
1- You can go to school on Friday (casual) in jeans, a zip up college sweatshirt and tennis shoes and a student will say, "You look pretty today Miss Bruncke." Made me smile that was for sure. ( I will say that I was finally having a good hair day for the first time this week. )
2- you can declare pajama day anytime you want (can't decide what the next reason will be).
3-you can decide that they need some time to just play and go for it. Yes my students got to play this afternoon-they are 5 years old we had been working all morning and into the afternoon and we were all tired. I will say that I was VERY impressed with how few tattles I heard during playtime today AND THEY CLEANED ALL OF THEIR MESSES UP! (Don't know if I mentioned before but I have the MESSIEST kids around. Maybe all of the stories this week about messy rooms finally clicked. hehe.)
4-I get to watch parents come into the classroom and play with plastic food with their kids and others while sitting at little tiny kindergarten tables.
5-5 year olds will ask you ANYTHING. I love the things that they come up with.
6- I love it when they catch on to the funny little parts in books. Usually only a couple do but it always makes me laugh.
QUESTION: Do you have computers in your classroom? How do you use them? Do you have any fantastic sites that the kids could navigate?
I have 3 macs in my room for student use. They love them-I have trouble letting them just use the computers (I worry they will break them-even with the reassurance from the principal that the superintendent would rather the kids use and break them than have them not be used.) And I really don't like it when the kids argue about whose turn it is. But they didn't fight about it at all today! Hooray!
I think I need to join the clutter free classroom challenge. My classroom is driving me nuts! I have small piles EVERYWHERE! Except my teacher desk where the pile has exceeded small. It's embarrassing. I MUST FIX IT! ASAP. We have an early release on the 25th-hopefully I don't wait that long but if I do it MUST get done that day. I will take some before pictures next week though.
It has been a crazy long week. But there have been many good things that have happened. When I was hired at my school I was told that the staff feels like a family. Until this week I wasn't really feeling it. But this week something clicked in the building. People seem to be in better moods and people are communicating more-makes me smile!
I am watching the final episode of the Oprah show right now that they replayed on new years eve. Can I just say that she is pretty darn amazing. I could watch this episode over and over! I love it when she talks about being responsible for the energy you bring into the room. This is so important especially in teaching when YOU have the chance to make it a great day or a not great day. We work hard and go to school tired but can't let it change how we teach. I was frustrated today-the kids were not settling down, I had a parent in the room (another story for another day), my aid was not there but I had a sub, my high school aids didn't come today. But I didn't let it get to me. I just waited, and waited and waited. Eventually we got to read the story and the kids loved it. It was about snow! Then we talked about what we like to do in the snow. (can you tell that I want it to snow here already! But not on a school day because I don't want to make it up on the 27th-we have a teacher work day scheduled for that day and I need it! and it would be lovely to have that day as a quiet day-we do have meetings scheduled-since my birthday is the next day.)
Well here is to a great weekend for all!
Oprah just talked about how important her 4th grade teacher was-she even had her at her last show! We do make a HUGE difference!
Hope you all made it through the week with some sanity! Oh and thanks for all the input with my car search I really appreciate it! Enjoy the weekend!