The last few weeks have been spent at work, though we don't officially start the new school year until Monday (We were originally supposed to start on the sixth of this month, but construction at another school delayed opening day--Amen to the extra time because I. Needed. It). I didn't get the phone call concerning my grade placement until the last week of July (while on vacation, in the middle of a Capitol tour, mind you), but was happy to learn it would be Kindergarten. Luckily, I was able to rush home that Saturday and start working on the classroom before Open House that next Monday, the twenty-eighth. I managed to get it presentable for that night, but it was still far from what I was truly happy with. I just finished it up tonight, and I am pleased. It's inviting, and will hopefully help the new babies coming in with the transition.
Before the six twelve-hour work days.
You can't really see it in the above pictures, but I have an Author's Chair now *does happy dance*. Even in Kindergarten I feel it's important to develop a strong foundation and concept of students' authorship. We may only manage to write a single complete paragraph by the end of the year, but I want them to feel proud of what they manage to write while we work toward that goal. I am excited to see how their writing will evolve from drawings to words, and I think this will give them the motivation they need. Anyway, before I start flailing around with excitement, it's under the cut!
*flops* I'm glad it's finished, because I can focus on my Internship this year which will help usher in the new teacher observation/evaluation system Kentucky is trying to implement. It will take place the first 140 days of instruction and will involve nine observations from staff, administration, and some people from the pilot committee to basically see if it's going to work off paper. We get that rolling the second week of September, at which point I will most likely be swallowed up by work until the last cycle ends some time in March-ish. I am hopeful, but also petrified, as I've never been a guinea pig before.
That's all I've got right now. I think I shall go find a glass of wine and a soft spot to plant my derriere.
I hope you all are doing well. Hugs to all!