30 and still going to School

Well! I have to say, I am in the right profession because I LOVE back to school season! I have been putting binders together for my classes and Pinteresting up a storm! I think it is really going to be a fantastic year! 🙂

My anxiety is in check and I am feeling very healthy! I know that with this new position I am going to have a period of adjustment, but I am going to stay positive and remember that I am in a career that I love! Anxiety will NOT take this year!

Mundane Excitement 

For the past week or so, I have harbored a deep excitement about going back to work to set up my classroom! I have actually been counting down the days! It’s a little sad actually, but I truly love decorating my classroom. Every year I end up moving rooms so I get to start over, decor wise. I have been Pinning on Pinterest all summer and I am ready to get started! 

No, I am not saying I am ready for summer to be over, because I am not quite ready for that yet. But I am thrilled to begin organizing and decorating! 

This exhilaration tells me that I am in the right career. LOL! 

It has all worked out!

i am beyond excited right now because I found out that next year I will be teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in my OWN classroom for 7th and 8th grade! I am still teaching  inclusion special education but I won’t be co-teaching anymore and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I fully support Co- teaching and I think it has the potential to be incredible, however, at my school it has not been working. I am so so so so excited that I get my own class and finally have full creative control over what goes on. 

I have been very anxious about my job for next year but it has all turned out well! I need to learn to be have patience and wait for the right time. I kept trying to force things to happen and that only created more anxiety. I just need to let it all go and let God take control. YAY!  

A Nerd’s Dream!

Harry Potter is now a part of my JOB! I am going to start reading the Sorcerer’s Stone with my 6th grade class an I cannot wait! My kids are actually excited about it and I finally can get paid to do projects about my favorite book of all time! Whoop whoop! It’s a dream come true!

Attention Teachers: To Lit Circle or not to Lit Circle?

I am throwing around the idea of doing lot circles with my students, but since most of them have reading disabilities I am hesitant to assign a novel. I am thinking about possibly using short stories and going through the same process, just with a shorter text.

What are some of the ways you have addressed your special education students in lit circles? This sounds like a fun thing to do, I just want to be sure I do it effectively and without frustrating my kiddos.

Thanks for your help!

I really should be sleeping right now instead of lesson planning!

I love being a Special Education Teacher!

I don’t often talk about what I do exactly within the educational system, so I’m going to tell you! I teach special education for a middle school. I know, crazy right!? Middle schoolers are crazy and full of attitude. Well, that is kinda true, and they are full of attitude, but I actually LOVE middle school aged kiddos. Yes, they are at an awkward age, but they still are a lot of fun and for the most part I think they do want to learn. It is just important to make sure lessons are relevant to their lives. I don’t mind their attitudes (usually) because they don’t seem to mind if I sass them back a little bit to keep them on their toes! 🙂 We like to have a good time in my classroom.

I work mostly with learning disabilities and other health impairments. However, I also spend time in a class for kids with more cognitive disabilities, and I sure do love them! They are just so sweet and there is never a dull moment. 🙂

This is my fourth year teaching and I am looking forward to what the year will bring! Over the last 3 years, I have moved up with my current 8th grade kids, and I am so proud of all the growth they have made over the years.

The other day I was in a conference where my team and I sorted through our data to help us create an action plan to help more of our students meet the standards in reading. Our district as a whole, has very poor math scores, and we have been devoting all of our time to math instead of reading or writing. However, the data was showing that  our reading scores were slipping because we were losing focus on it. OF COURSE! We are focusing a lot on our students with special education services and trying to find new ways to help close their achievement gap.

As we were digging through the data we found that in the spring of 2013 77% of our students in special education did not meet the standards in reading. WOW! We were obviously discouraged so  we looked at last year’s scores (spring of 2014)  and we found that only 37% of our students in special ed did not meet the standards! This was so exciting for me because I led the team and pushed for all the changes we made! I couldn’t believe it! 🙂 I was so proud of my kids and my team! I had no idea that the scores had changed that much!

I wanted to share my success with you guys 🙂 I was just so proud of my team! YAY!