Yay! A new linky party to start the week off right! Wait, first, let me get that song out of my head! Alright, no more biting the dust, let's get on with the party. Amber from Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher came up with this one and it might be a bit embarrassing, gotta set some dirty laundry right out there in plain sight!
Here are my 3 Great things from this year:
1. Target Grant funded field trip! Friends, this is really an easy way to get a field trip funded! Mark August 1st on your calendar because that's when Target will start accepting grant applications for next school year's field trips. The application is completed online, it's less than a page of writing total, just tell them what field trip you want to take, what the benefit will be and how you'll assess the learning! You'll find out if you're approved at the end of December, they'll send you a check and you'll have until the end of the school year to take the trip! This was my second year to get a grant and it was a fantastic trip! Click the picture below to read all about it!
Expectations and can remind each other when they're not being met. One of our favorites is: "We will not laugh at, or make fun of, another person's mistakes, use sarcasm or put-downs." and my kiddos take this to heart. On the field trip my little miss was very hyper - she was bouncing off the sides of the bus for the entire 1 1/2 hour trip. As soon as we got into the Museum I purchased a bottle of Dew for her, because I knew she was going to inadvertently get in trouble due to her hyperactivity. Even though the other 16 students didn't get a soda, there were no complaints once I reminded them that the soda was her "band aid". They are super great at helping out when a friend is having difficulties, or being patient when one of our little guys needs twice as long to think things through. They really are a sweet bunch of kids and I'm going to claim at least part of the credit for that :)
Okay, on to the Not So Great:
1. Lack of resources. I got switched to first grade the day before school, so I've felt like I've been playing catch-up all year. Not only did I not have any lessons/ideas for first grade, I also didn't have books. That is, no textbooks - no reading series or math series. Well, wait, I did have the workbooks. Yep, tons of workbooks to go along with the Scott Foresman reading series and whatever our math series actually is, but no readers or math texts! So the workbooks were essentially worthless (to be honest they were time fillers and nothing more). I'm still not sure what grade I'm teaching next year, or if the district will have money to buy me books if I'm still in 1st grade. Maybe I should try to get a grant for that?!
Alright, there are my confessions, head over to Amber's blog to link up! Oh! And don't forget to enter my giveaway to win BragTags!