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What a week!

This has been a crazy, busy week! Monday was training at my new school, Tuesday and Wednesday were county training, Thursday I spent a few hours working on my classroom, and today was spent at the county offices doing all my paperwork and learning the ropes. And I got my new ID!  So I am getting semi-organized in my room, but I still feel like I have so much to do!  Since I found out that I am teaching critical thinking instead of English I am kind of at a loss for what I am to be teaching exactly!

So now I am sitting home, trying to watch Project Runway, but I feel like I need to go into school and do some work! Ahhhhhhhh!  Hopefully I will feel better about things after next week is over and I know the ropes a little better!

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Great news!

I have been busy this past week! I was super stressed over a job that I was waiting to hear back about. This past Monday was the day they said they would call. I waited and waited and called (a few times…) and still no answer by 1. As I was waiting I got a call from another school who wanted me to come in for an interview. So, while I was waiting for a call I headed over and did the interview.  They offered me a job on the spot! When I got home I finally got a call from the other school and sadly I did not get that job.  But either way I am now employed!!  And we are starting back a week earlier than all of the other schools so that means I am off to work tomorrow!

A little information about the school. It is an aviation and military science academy.  The school grade has been a D and last year was brought up almost one hundred points to a C.  The principal is trying really hard to get to a B grade this year and he has hired at least 16 new teachers this year!  So I have high hopes for this year! And I am extremely glad to be a part of this huge improvement that is taking place!

So, I have been a busy bee getting all of my classroom ideas together. I have boxes and bags of stuff to get in my new classroom!  Every year, this same weekend is tax-free for school supplies and whatnot so I hit up the local bookstore, who could not offer tax-free, but on their sale books had a buy two and get one free. So they were already marked down to $1-3, plus the third one was free. AND I had a 20% off coupon!  So, I was so pumped to have walked out with 27 books for my classroom library for only $45!

I was browsing online a while ago and I found a link that explained interactive notebooks and I ordered a book that details and explains it all. When I get it I will read it and review!

Tomorrow is the big day!!

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Book Review: Beloved & Just Write!

I finished two books this week.  The first one I would like to talk about is Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Book review from Amazon.com:

Book Description

Publication Date: July 24, 2007
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
My thoughts:
Again, this is one of those books that I should have read years before and have not. I guess since it was not a required reading at my school or many colleges I had not picked it up, until this past week.  This book is one of those books that, for one you cannot put down and two, you often have to stop and think about the characters a little more deeply.  There were some parts that I read over a few times just so the information could sink in.  I rarely do this.  But this book has so much going on, so many issues that you often have to re-read a passage to grasp all that Morrison is trying to tell you as the reader.  I would definitely recommend this book to any and all readers.
Just Write: Here’s How! By Walter Dean Myers

Book Description from amazon.com

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Practice, practice, practice. Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.

Includes:

  • Examples from his writing and reading experiences
  • Walter’s six-box and four-box outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction
  • Excerpted pages from Walter’s own notebooks
  • An afterword by Ross Workman, Walter’s teen coauthor of kick
  • Writing tips from both Walter and Ross

Anyone can be a writer, with a little help from Walter Dean Myers!

My thoughts:

This is a great book for middle and high school students who have an interest in writing and even for those beyond school.  But it is written to the school age person.  Myers makes it a little more personal with stories from his own life and actual pages from his journals he used as he was writing one of his many different stories.  As a teacher I found some ideas in the book that I could use in the classroom for brainstorming.  I like how he breaks down his method and show you how simple it is to come up with a story outline.  This book could make those students who are leery about taking on writing a book more excited to do so.  This is a book that I plan on keeping in my classroom library, that way I can easily share with those who are interested in writing something longer than an essay!

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Getting prepared!

I have been hard at work today!  Trying to get all classroom organization taken care of as I patiently await for news about a position today!  The waiting is killing me!

Pintrest has helped in many ways getting organized! Also I read the First days of School by Harry Wong and listened to the DVD and they inspired me in many ways!

First binder is the everyday organizational binder.

The tabs in this one include:

-Important information. Such as class lists and schedules.

– Student data.  This will include contact information (a student info sheet), conference/meeting times, and assessment scores.

-Curriculum and Testing calendars and any other school calendars as needed.

-Grades. This will include district grading requirements, 9 week grades or homework mark off sheets.

-Team meeting notes & handouts.

-Faculty/site based meeting notes & handouts.

-Professional Learning Community (PLC) notes and handouts.

-Parent call/contact logs

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The forms binder is a place to keep all forms that I will need to reproduce throughout the year!

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Lesson plan binder. Tabs seperate by months. I do think that I will add a lesson plan tab to my organizational binder for daily use, then transfer to this binder for future use and reference.

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The homework notebook.  I got this idea from the dvd in the Wong book.  This will go in the absent box that I posted a picture of earlier.  I will probably just use notebook paper to quickly write down each days assignment, then the students can look up what they missed and grab the items they need from that day’s folder!  This will be so much easier than hunting them down to tell each of them what assignments they missed! And having them sign it let’s me know who got the assignments and who did not!

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I found the cute school themed paper at Michael’s today for $3!

I think I am almost ready!  Now I just need a job!

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Organization

Even though I don’t have a teaching position yet, I am trying to get some organizational things done! Here is a little project I did today!

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Idea for a classroom newspaper

A great way to take on a classroom newspaper. I think I might incorporate this if teaching at a middle school!  I really like the ideas that this teacher gave for this project!

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Book Giveaway

Teachervision is hosting a Talor Mali book giveaway.  Taylor is REALLY funny!  You should check out his poem titled What Teacher’s Make.  You can find the link to the video here.  And if you head over to TeacherVision you can enter to win one of 25 copies of Taylor Mali’s book!  I am crossing my fingers that I win a copy!  Also they have provided some good poetry lesson plans!

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