February… a Busy Month…

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We love the month of February…We have so much to look forward to besides the stressors of the rigors of curriculum and testing….

With my planning and organization, I do find creative ways to allow time for celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day through creative writing, reading ,and art… Might even utilize math activities,  as well…

The children wrote a Valentine’s Day poem to their family, with illustrations; decorated Valentine’s  bags, and brought in cards for their classmates that were to be done by themselves….We had a Valentine Social sharing our love and exchanging Valentines….

The children loved learning about our Presidents; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln…We learned about the history of our Flag….We will celebrate this patriotic unit with a culminating activity for our parents;  a patriotic program that will include  songs that we learned in our music class….All our first graders will share in this exciting performance, and our wonderful music teacher directing…

Teaching should really be about making learning fun and interesting…. It really is so much more than tests and collecting data….

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Second Chances…

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Many of my children come from homes without structure…Some, may even come from neglect and chaos…I have always believed children are precious and innocent…Their hearts are filled with love…Yet, because of circumstance, some can disturbed and filled with such anger….
Much of my day is teaching my children  how to operate safely enabling, empowering and inspiring….

In addition, a lack of funds in Public Education and Title I schools, our resources are greatly lacking, however expectations are quite challenging, More now than ever, we must teach a smaller class sizes to be able to provide more one on one help for our children from these unstructured homes  ….How the benefit of a well trained paraprofessional for the most challenged child, who may demand more of my needed time, would provide the much needed support for these children…

Moreover, our school does having a guidance counselor however, is tied up with RTI data and coordinating meetings….Because of lack of funds, those children who would benefit greatly from a strong guidance counseling program, do not receive this support….They do fall through the cracks….

Our school is not able to provide many of our children their chance…We are a family who deserves a chance to become the best!!!

A New Year…Love to Teach…

 

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Feeding Hungry Children…

As a teacher of young children, I do find some of my students hungry…They have a hard time concentrating and have even shared they are hungry…

Many come to school each morning to be fed…They get their breakfast and lunch with us…

Our school is prepared to handle this challenge…We have a federal program called SNAP; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in place providing the necessary funds that enable us to provide all our children a free breakfast; For those who qualify, a free lunch; And for those who may not qualify for free lunch, the necessary steps in place, that if for any child is without lunch money, our school will let it go for a while, reaching out to the home, and provide a mini meal; sandwich with milk…We never want our children hungry for any reason…

In addition, our school, has a “Backpack Food Program” filled with food items from donations, from a caring church in our community… Those children who are in such need, take home their backpacks weekly to share with their families…In addition to all this support, it is not unusual for me, as well as many other teachers to do our part with food drives for our children…I also provide a nutritional daily snack; in addition, keeping food items in our classroom …just in case

Food is essential for our children to be able to learn….No child can be motivated and eager when they are deprived of food…

The Joys of Teaching…

The joy I receive from my children each year has sustained me all these many years; from their writings, pictures, and little notes…

I have many momentoes on display in my home and classroom that the children have given to me …

I can even say that I do have a place setting for twelve, in “teacher mugs”…

I have truly loved reconnecting with former students, and I may still have the momento they gave to me…In fact, there are those special parents I taught, with their own children, at the very school where I am presently teaching first grade…that I feel such joy, they still remember me…

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Reflections on my Teaching…

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I am quite proud to have been a teacher for almost 40 years… I came to teaching quite by accident… First, always wanting to become an artist; fashion designer…Then, because of my challenging childhood I had a strong need to help others….So, in my senior year I decided on becoming a social worker, attending Florida State University in Tallahassee…

I had an uncle who had suggested to me becoming a teacher would better suit me …He believed it was a more stable career for a “girl”…

Then on one particular day at Miami Senior High School, in Florida… I will never forget; in my senior English class, my young, favorite, pretty, teacher;  Ms. Kempler, commented she liked my dress… She said that it reminded her of the University of Florida.  It was the University’s colors of “orange and blue”…Wow, I did appreciate her comment!  Back then, I felt so unnoticed ..   Ms. Kempler had gone to a university in Florida; in a town, Gainesville… I did not even know the school, nor even the town, Gainesville…

Well, it was then decided, 1966, I was to become a teacher, and go to the University of Florida…  Thank you…Dear Ms. Kempler….♥️