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Thursday, August 6, 2015

I'm BACK! I'm Back in the Saddle Again...

I'm always surprised to find that I still have a blog and that no one from the Blogger-sphere has taken the liberty of d-e-l-e-t-i-n-g this lil ole corner of the internet.
I'm not making any promises, but I have been getting the urge to write lately.  I think I go through phases of blogging and crocheting.  I'm not making any promises that I'll blog more this year, but I'd like to think that I will!

Well, I survived! Today marks the first day back with students of the year.
I'll be the first to admit, I was not ready to greet these new babes *quite* yet.
I ended last year with 23 students in my class.  We had 4 classes and I had the most by at least 2.
I have 27 "official" students on my list, but saw the whites of 24 sets of eyes this morning.
I truly believe that I am going to have a wonderful class this year...I simply have to bend them to my will!!  Muwahahahahahaha!

One professional change this year is that I am a Mentor Teacher.  My school uses the TAP Evaluation system and this is the 5th year.  Since we started with TAP I have known that I wanted to eventually be a Mentor Teacher.  I'm not one to rest on my laurels and keep the status quo the same each year.

Last year may have been the hardest of my career.  I had been with the same team for 4 years and we were AWESOME.  No, seriously.  We kicked edubooty.  However, good things don't last forever.  I ended up the team leader, mother to a 6 month old, and only person on a 4 person team with current 2nd grade experience.  
PLOT TWIST!

I am more than a little excited to take another step in my career.

Ok.  Back to this year.  I used objective boards in the past, but needed to change them this year to incorporate more aspects.  We got some new curriculum maps this year that don't fit the Monday-Friday model.  Because of that I designed my boards to reflect that we are always working on one thing to get to another.

The calm before the storm.
See that bench back there?!  
I snagged it on a whim from one of our lobbies (it was being re-purposed) and stuffed it into my classroom library.  I think the kids are going to love using it to read!


My first day wouldn't have been complete without some snuggles from my best girl.
We snagged some Mommy/Charliebabe time before bed and she held my hand!
Melt me into one gigantic puddle for heaven's sake!
Girlie and Husband are coming in to visit me tomorrow.
I can't wait for my new kids to meet her!
(I actually polished my nails!!  I'm wearing Essie's Mademoiselle.  It's my new favorite polish and I have a feeling that I'll go through the current bottle pretty quickly!)

Okie Dokie.
It's off to bed I go!

Laters,

Mrs. B

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