I've heard from many teachers that they always start getting an itch to get back into the classroom during summer. I can now definitively say that I'm one of those teachers!
I've finished my third year of school, and first year of teacher training. I'm officially a 4th year B.Ed. candidate. What does that really mean? I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY PRACTICUM! I can't wait to meet my students, to meet my cooperating teacher, to find out the hows and whats and whens that I'll get to impact the lives of 20+ students.
I can't wait so very much that I've already started preparing. I've been reading professional development books, I've been attending conferences and pro-d workshops, I've been amassing resources, and this week I went a little book crazy at Value Village and brought home $50 worth of high quality literature for my future classroom, which I then spent 16 hours sorting, leveling, resorting, labeling, listing, theme-ing, and then packing.
I've started a reader's response journal, so that I can prove to my students that reading gets easier and more enjoyable when you work at getting better at it. I'm also going to be publishing book reports here for the various books I'm reading out of my collection, because I'm a strong believer that you shouldn't ask anyone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself.
I have 4 courses I'm taking over the summer semester, partially because I need some extra credits, but partially because a well-rounded teacher is an employed-out-of-college teacher. I'm taking 2 event management/marketing classes. These will be great because I love planning things anyways, but it might give me some ideas on how to round up free or sponsored supplies for my future school, or how to plan amazing events like fairs, community days, and appreciation events! I'm also taking a math-for-teachers course online from TRU-O, and a digital photography course so I can finally learn how to use my fancy DSLR I got for Mother's Day a few years ago.
I'll be checking in over the summer with some work I'm doing with my daughter to get her more confident with some skills she's developing. We're already planning our first book, a spin-off of We're Going on a Bear hunt
I respond to Sarah, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Smoore, Miss Sarah, (and sometimes Mom!). I have been an DL (homeschool!) teacher for 2 years and am now a proud member of the SD35 team!