So, I've been spending a lot of time at school as of recently (big surprise, I know!) working very hard to get things set up for this year. Now that my room in itself is almost done, I'm starting to focus on other (larger) projects. To be honest, I've kind of been putting off the whole planning/curriculum project because it's a BEAST! Our school is adapting a new Reading Series this year.
I'm also getting one of these bad boys! (Yay for technology integration!)
That's an Epson Bright Link, for those of you unfamiliar (me being one of those people!) It's kind of silly in my mind that I'm LITERALLY going from little to no technology use in the classroom to almost complete dependency on it! These two series are heavily connected to online resources, videos, assessments, etc. But between these items, getting my room together, organizing and creating centers and activities, and moving to a new grade level, I'm starting to feel overwhelmed! I need some help from some educational gurus! I've been consulting with some of my staff members and we've formally decided that it's not the teaching of these items that concerns us, it's the management!
The change is an exciting one though! I actually feel glad that it's happening this year and all at once. I recognize that this year will be difficult (especially the first few weeks!) but by next year (at the latest!) we'll all have an opportunity to overhaul and really figure out how to do things in a way that works for us. I just feel bad for this year's kiddos as they transition with us! I'm hoping that these new changes will help to meet the needs of our student population. Education, in itself, is in a rough spot these days. I only want to change the world. Is that so hard?