Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School!

Hooray- we made it through the first day of school!  Though it was a little hectic in the morning all in all today was a success.  I enjoyed seeing returning students and getting to know the new ones.  I think we’re going to have a great year.
Today students set short term goals for the academic year, and long terms goals for after high school.  Students wrote these goals on strips of papers which I then turned into a paper chain.  The paper chain is now hanging in my classroom and will hopefully serve as a reminder of why hard work and doing your best is important. 
Our chain of goals.  The giant book will be used later.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Meet Steinbeck!

Today I purchased Steinbeck, a crowntail betta, for my classroom. Steinbeck is an Aquarius, which indicates that he is very masculine.  His hobbies include swimming and scuba diving.  He is a loner and prefers to watch activity from a distance.  His favorite foods include mosquito larvae, bloodworms and brine shrimp.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Goodbye Summer Vacation

Tonight is my last night of "summer vacation."  I start training in the morning and I'm very excited for the new year. This has been my first summer off since the summer between eighth and ninth grade (after that I worked).  As eager I am for the new year I'm sad to say goodbye to sleeping in late, long midmorning walks with my dog, laying by the pool and lots of free reading.
I hope all of make the most of the rest of their time off and I can't wait to see everyone on the 22nd!