This week is Teacher Week 2011!!!
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Today is Teacher Talk Tuesday. The assignment is to give new teachers advice about teaching. I have worked in 4 districts, so I have been a new teacher a few times! (I just saw a commercial about a t.v. show on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and it hit me that 9/11 occurred on the 2nd week of my first year teaching – what a way to start! I plan to post about my experience later.)
As for the new teacher advice, I did a post for a linky party a while ago, so click below to check out my advice.
Classroom update: I spent 6 hours in my classroom today! Can you believe that I pretty much worked on bulletin boards the whole time?!? I REALLY dislike bulletin boards!!! I have a huge board running the length of the back of my room above a counter that also runs the back of the room. I am trying to make better use of the space this year, but when all was said and done, it just looked cluttered. I may just need to live with it for a while. I realized 3 important things while working today:
1. You need a lot of balance and grace when you are walking all over your counters to work on boards.
2. I really need to take a level - when I backed up nothing was ever straight.
3. A stapler will bounce when it falls off the counter onto the carpet. Watch out! I am hoping I didn’t break a bone in my foot.
I actually went in with a plan today. I had printed a bunch of banners to top my boards and a list of things I wanted to do. I was really hoping to not go back tomorrow, but it looks like there will be a day 5 after all! Shouldn’t this get easier after a while?!? Maybe I should just not change everything every year!