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Welcome!

Welcome to my blog:) Since I am so far away from my friends and family, I want to keep you updated on the fun and trials of my new job. Thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement, and the tips/ideas you may offer!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are you pregnant?

I have been asked, "Are you pregnant?" more times in the last 8 months than I could have ever anticipated. Between my high schoolers in Racine who thought everyone was pregnant and my elementary students, they just don't understand social norms.  Well, yesterday I had my funniest "are you pregnant" moment.  I was working with one of my second graders when he looks at me and says...
Student - Are you pregnant?
Me - No
Student - Are you married?
Me - No
Student - Maybe you could marry me when I get older?
Oh did I have to hold in the laughter:)

Yesterday, I also found out I will be getting another student.  So I will be up to seven students.  I think I'm finally getting my schedule worked out.  It is very exciting to be able to anticipate where I'll be throughout the day and to actually be helping my students!  Starting soon, I'll also be testing the middle school kids who are being referred to the emotional behavior disorders program.  So I'm definitely keeping busy, but I'm loving my job so far:-D

Tomorrow we have an all school field trip to the zoo.  It should be a lot of fun.  I hope the weather holds out!!!!  Everyone at work knows how much of a freeze baby I am.  I will be bundled up!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Good Start

Things are going well so far.  Today was busy, I met with my mentor, and I had a special education tutorial on using the computer software for writing IEPs.  I am starting to get a schedule together for myself, my students, and my paraprofessional.

If any of you know Bass, I'm working to incorporate SAFMEDs into one of my student's daily routines.  I'm hoping to increase her fluency and frequency with addition.  I purchased a timer to use.  I separated all my addition flash cards into 0s, 1s, 2s, etc.  We will begin training for 10 minutes a day tomorrow.  I'm very excited to try this, and I hope it helps!  Bass would probably be jumping up and down with joy!

For the most part, I believe my students are starting to get used to me, and I'm definitely getting used to them.  I'm enjoying all of them, and I can't wait to watch them succeed:)

Upcoming events ....
* 1st monthly staff meeting
* Book study on the Daily 5 and Cafe reading programs
* Love and Logic workshop
* PDP Training

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1st DAY OF SCHOOL:)

Today was the first day of school!  It went well.  I was introduced at the assemblies (I didn't trip over anything while being introduced:).

Today...
* I finished reading every IEP
* I had lunch in the teachers' lounge
* I visited the classrooms of my students
* I sang Happy Birthday to one of my students in Spanish.  It wasn't anyone's birthday.  No one spoke Spanish.  AND he didn't beg me to stop singing!!!!  It actually got him to work faster.  If he quit working I quit singing.  If he started working, I started singing.  It worked pretty well.  I doubt it will work tomorrow;)  Still my favorite moment of the day!
* I also had a student "get the wiggles out" after completing every math problem.  I think he probably got more of a kick out of watching me wiggle and jump up and down.

Tomorrow...
* Recess duty
* Write note to parents
* Prepare for the unexpected:)