Goodbye – For Now

I used my favorite mug one last time before packing it away. Boxes are half empty all over my room. The walls are blank, ready for next year.

Goodbye for now. The sweet days of summer are ahead, right after I finish packing…

The End is Near

The dumpsters are full. Teachers are cleaning everything out and putting it away for next year. Students are excited for summer. Teachers are too. Mostly.

I’m not ready to say goodbye to my first graders. They are ready for second grade, but I am not. I’ll miss them and the way they work together, laugh too loudly, and tell me that I’m funny. I’ll miss the way they know all my routines, but are so eager to learn that they can’t help but interrupt. We talk about it and they catch themselves. You can see the words on their lips waiting to come out. Such restraint for six year olds.

My students love construction paper, scissors, tape, glue, and staples. They beg for them every single day. When I say we don’t have time for extra crafts, it seems their world has ended. You should see their creations that are fueled by imagination, creativity, and too much tape. Sometimes I wish I could stop all my other lessons and let them create.

Goodbye little one. Follow your heart in second grade, create new, and wonderful things, do your best and don’t forget that your first grade teacher loves you more than you’ll ever know.

Chasing Chickens

My school is in the middle of Happy Valley, located in the beautiful yet quirky town of Pacifica. One day, we had chickens take up residence on our campus, followed by a rooster. It seemed to happen overnight. Then came the rabbits- lots of rabbits. Then an entire Animal Center. You should have seen the children’s faces when they came to school and held rabbits, chicks, chickens, and goats. Goats at school! Who knew!?!

Cara from Montara

I love teaching. That’s really an understatement. I thrive on the smell of fresh tempera paint and the sight of a pile of freshly sharpened pencils; they get my brain thinking. They remind me of the students who I am responsible for. Those sweet darling children that need me to make the world of learning FUN!

What am I going to teach today? How am I going to teach it? Do I need to bring anything from home? Do I need inspiration from the Dollar Spot or the Internet? Join me on my teaching journey. I’ll share all sorts of ideas, lessons, photos, and whatever is making my teacher’s heart flutter!

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