The first day of school is behind me.....PHEW! I love coming in and meeting my new kids, and I always know it is going to be a GREAT year. I do not like going over the rules and procedures. Why can't they just know what I expect? It sure would make it so much easier. :)
The day was a great one, but I am exhausted. My little boy started kindergarten today, so I was thinking about him all day; my feet were killing me (since I had to wear real shoes again); and my throat is sore since my portable sound system won't be shipped until the end of this month (I miss you little microphone...If you have never used a portable microphone system in your room, I strongly encourage it. They are the best thing ever)!
We hit the ground with understanding the high expectations I have. We are an aligned department, so by the time they get to me, I get to fine tune them. Hit them hard and tough at the beginning! I have incorporated some new things this year, so I am hopeful that it will make me a better teacher.
Tomorrow, my kids are going to be put in their houses (thank you Ron Clark for the wonderful idea). I have set up my groups based on the "Star" theme. My houses are Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Nashville, Times Square, New York, and Broadway. They will get to earn points as a house and we will have contests.
I paid the yearly fee and joined jibjab.com. This is the best! I created a video using myself, Candy, and one other math teacher. I showed it to my kids today to show them that we will have fun, but we will also work hard. They were laughing and wanted to watch it again! I am thinking about creating a video for each class each week. The kids who have turned in their work will be eligible to be in the video. I think they will really like this. Here is the link to our little video:
I hope everyone has a great beginning to the school year. Look into jibjab. The kids will love it, and you will enjoy watching them laugh!
Happy jib jabbing!