Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toot Toot

I know I write a lot about Kindergarten and my students, but I don't write much about me as a teacher.  Do you even want to know?  Who knows, but I'm going to tell you anyways...haha (I crack myself up and five year olds too, they think I'm funny...)
I always feel funny, and I don't want to toot my own horn...EVER.  But lately I've been excited about the way my career has been going.   A couple years ago I was asked if I wanted to have my classroom be a literacy demonstration room (not just me, I'm so blessed to be in a school with incredible teachers everywhere you look!)  It would mean that teachers from other schools could come look in on my room as an example of what is expected.  This has led to so many other great things...being coached in literacy by a fantastic mentor teacher, being a part of the leadership committee...my assistant principal told me a couple weeks ago that my name was buzzing around the district!  It makes me speechless and so humbled to think that anyone would be talking about ME!   

I've really taken on my role as a Kindergarten teacher this year.  Last year everything was so new coming from fourth grade.  It took me a while to adjust to working with the little ones.  But I don't think I would ever go back.  I'm sticking with tattle tailing, singing with puppets, and getting sneezed on. 

I'm excited because this year I've taken on a few projects of my own to help my little students really grow and learn, I mean afterall, everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten...which means my job must be pretty important! 

My newest project has been writing my own songs for our sight words.  I can't tell you how amazing my students' scores are this year!  I had one student join us later in the school year knowing 7 words.  In just one quarter he now knows 17 words! 

I'm telling you...music works, it's has amazing powers.  And it makes me happy.
 A few weeks ago I got an intern from the local university.  She's great and may end up being my student teacher next year.  I'm thrilled.  I love to teach and I want to teach someone who is learning to become a teacher.  I want to give her everything she needs to be successful, I want her to see that teaching is amazing and exciting.   Sometimes I think I want to go on to get my PhD and teach in a teaching program at a university...maybe someday. I get excited to think that I could help shape and mold someone to be something great in the educational world! 

Or maybe I'll write songs for sight words until I'm blue in the face and sell them for millions to an educational publishing company...hmmm that doesn't sound too bad.

I just want to be good at what I do.  Make a difference.  Even if it's through one little five year old who remembers that their kindergarten teacher told them that we want to have kind hearts and kind hands or not to eat the glue...you know, something that will make them a better person.


  1. You're just an awesome person at school and everywhere else. Great job. I'm proud of you.

  2. Congratulations! The students are very lucky to have you as their teacher

  3. we are so proud of you! they are lucky to have you

  4. ---And I am so proud to have you as my very special teammate!!

  5. Good for you! That's very exciting- toot away!

    I love that you're incorporating music into the classroom. I wish more would follow in your footsteps.

  6. This is awesome! As a teacher, this is what I aspire to be. Being in my first year though, it is hard imagining being beyond feeling like I am drowning and really succeeding.

    Sounds like you totally deserve to pat yourself on the back :)