So, it's only July and I'm already thinking about school and starting the next phase of my teaching practice. I really struggled with this decision (moving to 1st grade). In my mind, I was a kindergarten teacher rather than a lower elementary teacher, etc. I studied early childhood and spent most of my studies examining early learners and their development- looking at the whole child. Now, in order to stay in the same building and continue the relationships that I've built with the families and staff, I am moving across the hall. I didn't take the decision lightly. I wanted job security and consistency in one school. I am emotionally invested in my building's families and their futures. I wouldn't have had that if I had moved to another building to continue with kindergarten students. I didn't want to start over building those relationships. My brain knows that I will be just fine, but my heart is scared and my confidence is a bit shaken.
So, here is where I start.... I pulled out my professional reading, looking at it with new eyes and a new determination to learn about the 1st grade child and learner. I am also feverishly reading teaching blogs by 1st grade teachers. Wow! These are some talented and knowledgeable people. Check out the ones I'm currently reading at the side of my page. I will also post some of the books that I am reading.
Welcome to my new adventure and my new format for "learning out loud".