Well, it is less than 48 hours away. My first day starting kindergarten with my 18 lovelies. My assistant, Cathy, is awesome. I am so glad that she is with me. We worked together as TA's for 10 great years!
My classroom is ready. Tables, chairs, document camera, Mimeo bar, carpet, magnets, crayons, pencils, reading chairs, pillows, book boxes, blocks, Legos, tubs and tubs of books... it is all there and waiting. But am I ready?
I have waited for this my whole life, but I am so nervous. This transition to Common Core is really boiling my brains. What assessments should I do for math on day 16 according to CMAPP? Online profile cards? Can I start Letterland on Tuesday, our first day? Will we be able to start Daily 5 in second quarter? I could go on and on...
I am really excited though. I think that my babies are really sweet. A little low, but sweet. I do have a lot of work cut out for me this year. When I taught last year from January to June, I worked at an affluent school with very bright students. They were almost all reading at the end of year benchmark in January. It was really easy, and a great introductory experience, but my heart is with the ones that struggle. I was elated to come back to my peeps and get down to the nitty gritty. But, this is gonna be the REAL deal. Pray for me folks.