Sunday, March 10, 2013

Welcome back?

Well, it's spring break time for me. My very first post was a "currently" post, and my "wondering" question was "I wonder if I'll be able to keep up with this in the school year." Clearly, I failed. But after joining twitter (as a teacher, not a social network junkie), I was shamed to realize I had a blog and was failing to use it. 

There were several times during the year where I thought "oh, this would make a great blog post" and thought about pulling out my camera, but I just never got around to it. The first year of teaching is supposed to be the worst, and so far it has been FULL of ups and downs. I think I spent the entire first six weeks crying to my mom and hubs about how awful my life was. 

But I am pleased to report I have finally learned how to DEAL. And how to put up with the craziness that comes along with fifth graders. And even though I still hate testing and STAAR and want to move to a first or second grade classroom, I have been given an amazing opportunity at my own campus. 

Next year, another first year teacher and myself will be piloting a flipped classroom. I have taken this little idea and turned my ideal classroom into a flipped/PBL/genius hour/whole brain teaching mecca. You can't even believe how excited I am to implement all these ideas!! (I still have a long way to go...I haven't really figured out how to incorporate all of them into one classroom.) I plan to spend the rest of my spring break relaxing...I am on vacation with family...but also learning as much as humanly possible. 

Now: a very late "currently" post. 

For like, love, and hate, I had to use words that started with an L. I like being lazy on vacation...hate it in my kids or when it keeps me from working out. I LOVE learning. See above post :) I hate losers - sore losers, good losers, people who just give up. UGH. 

I hope you all have a lovely spring break, whenever yours happens to be! 



Molly said...

Hi Laura!

I wish we were on spring break already!! Lucky you! And that sounds so exciting for next year!! I can't wait to hear about how it goes! And congrats on sticking with it your first year! My first year was tough, but every year is more and more amazing!! We have the best profession ever! :)

Lessons with Laughter

FourthGrade Flipper said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Now I am intrigued about the "flipped" classroom. It is ironic that my blog name has flipper in it and I don't know what a flipped classroom is! haha!! Have a great spring break. It sounds like you deserve every minute:)
Fourth Grade Flipper

Run Teacher Run! said...

Wow! I can't wait to see all of your adventures of having a flipped classroom! What a great experience to provide your students. Glad I found you via Farley!

Mary Beth
Run Teacher, Run

Charlotte said...

Enjoy spring break! I am going to enjoy every second of mine. It has been a crazy year!
The first year is really tough...but then you start to find your groove and it sounds like you have!
Good luck!

Run Teacher Run! said...

Had to leave you a message and let you know that I have a chocolate lab and a white german shephard...we might be soul mates! :)

Mary Beth
Run Teacher, Run

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