Friday, August 3, 2012

The first day....of the rest of my life....

O.k. so that's a bit dramatic but on July 13, I started in a new district at a new school in a new grade with a new (to me) curriculum.  It's going to be a whole lot of changes but I hope that it will be good changes for me with some stability after a few "one year only" contract jobs.

I will be teaching first grade in Louisiana using common core (of course) with whole brain teaching and a few other things mixed in.  In the past, I have taught fourth grade math, fifth grade self-contained, sixth grade self-contained, and first grade (before even comprehensive curriculum). I also taught seven years of junior high - high school math at a VERY small school where one math teacher for the whole school was enough.  This will be my 12th year teaching but I still have SOOOO much to learn!

Here's a pic of my classroom the day I moved in -

I have a fairly small classroom with no in-room restroom.  The floor is stained concrete and the walls are sheetrock.  Fitting centers, students, and everything else in my room might be a bit of a stretch so I'll probably have bucket centers that students can do at their tables or carry with them to finish on the floor in various spots.  

What are your suggestions about centers in a small classroom??


  1. Welcome to blogging! I hope you love it as much as I do! =)

    My room is pretty small too. Several teachers at my school do their centers at the tables with buckets. Mine are set up in different areas. Do what is best for you.

    I am happy to be your first follower. Wahoo! =)

    If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit my blog. I am a 1st grade teacher too! =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. I dropped by and I will be back. You have some awesome ideas there! Thanks for following and for sharing your blog!!!

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