Extreme Classroom Makeover 2016

This summer was a time of big changes in my room and I am so excited about them! For comparison, take a look at what my room looked like last year. Okay, ready for the new look? Here we go:The most drastic change for this year is the move to tables. I am beyond pumped about the…

Two Weeks Down!

The teachers at my new school have now been back in session for two full weeks. We’ve had seven regular school days with students, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting into a groove. So far, I love my new district. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and they’re being very understanding about my hundreds…

Back to School Goals

I can’t believe it’s already time for back to school! My life has been a whirlwind this summer, between getting hired at a new school close to my hometown and hoping and praying that my husband would also find a job nearby, the first half of the summer flew. And then, as the beginning of…

The First Week

As I ended the school year, I outlined some ideas for plans for week 1 of the new year, with plans to come back to them later this summer and revise and finalize. Of course, now that I know I’ll be at a new school, I figured I’d have to some pretty heavy revising, especially…

My Advice Is…

During the last regular school day (before exams) this year, my students and I did a little project. I recorded each student giving a piece of advice for future students. At the time we did the recording, the assumption was that I would be back at this school, and that only my incoming Spanish 1…

Reflective Teaching Day 9: My Secret Success

I’m doing pretty well so far! The prompt for day nine is: Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about. This is a hard one for me for several reasons: 1) I’ve only been teaching for a few years, and I definitely feel that the best parts of…

Day One, Down

For the last month, I’ve meant to get on here and reflect about the end of my summer of change and getting ready for the school year. However, implementing major change means doing major work and I simply never had the energy. But now the first day of school is over, and I have a…