Monday, August 9, 2010

Teacher Week: Open House & Book Club Announcement

First of all...book clubbers! We have a new post up on the Book Club Blog with a reading schedule for The Secret Live of CeeCee Wilkes. Check it out!

Now onto my regularly scheduled post!

This week is Teacher Week on Babbling's Abby blog. This means for those of you who aren't teachers, you may have no interest in reading some of my posts this week. But if you are a teacher, I'll be sharing some of my favorite teacher tips through out the week!

Today is "Open House" day, a little get to know you. If this is your first time to my blog, welcome!

I am Mrs. W (or Rachel) and I teach 5th grade in Virginia. This upcoming school year will be my 4th year, and in those four years I have taught 3rd (2007-2008), 4th (2008-2010), and this upcoming year will be my first year in 5th. I am looping up with my 4th graders.

In addition to teaching elementary grades, I have been an inclusion teacher for the past 2 years and will be again in the coming year. I enjoy working with special ed students and the special ed teachers.




I love having a Smartboard. My white board is rarely clean. I cherish the days when my electric pencil sharpener works. I love teaching math. When kids ask to go to the bathroom ALL DAY LONG I get really annoyed. I think that keeping up a word wall is a huge pain, even though it's helpful to my kids. My pet peeve in the classroom is when kids purposely destroy their Expo marker in math when we're doing work on slates...drives me crazy! I have no desire to ever work in school administration.


That pretty much sums up me as a teacher. Now for a little history.

My first year I taught at an inner city school (which was my first choice during my job search right of college) where just about everyone of my kids had it pretty rough. It was a hard year. I cried constantly and seriously questioned my career. I have a high level of respect for people who can teach in places like this. Children in these places need great teachers and mentors. But, it wasn't the job for me. I was miserable and constantly felt defeated.

After one year of this, I began the hunt for a new job and was lucky enough to find a school in a middle class neighborhood where I was hired. I truly love the school that I am at now and don't know if I could ever teach somewhere else. I am really blessed being here.

I have a class website/blog, but don't feel comfortable posting it on here. If you are really interested, email me (innosimplelanguageATgmailDOTcom) with a link to your blog and I'll send it back to you.

Happy teaching :)

23 comments:

  1. As I dive head first into finishing up my Masters in Education, I am going to look forward to reading your teacher tips this week. :) I'm nervous as you-know-what.

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  2. I taught fourth grade for five years and this year am jumping up to seventh, yikes! While in fourth grade I gave my kids three popsicle sticks for the day. They could use these for trips to the bathroom. They also had the opportunity at lunch and specials. Five times should be more than enough. I just wrote their names on them and when they were gone they were gone. They were responsibe for holding onto them. I would put them out in the morning and they had to remember to pick them up. If they lost them or forgot to pick them up I made them come up with a solution. Overall it was a great system. Good luck this school year!

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  3. Rachel, thanks for posting this! I am student teaching this fall (3 weeks..yippie) in first and fifth (Hanover, VA). My cooperating teachers are awesome and I can't wait to learn something from them.

    It is AWESOME that you have a Smart Board in your class! I took a technology class in the spring and we learned how to use the Smart software to create programs.

    Can't wait to read more of your posts. I need all of the ideas that I can get!

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  4. Good luck going back to work! I just started a "Teacher Thursday" post on my blog...this is my 6th year teaching, but my first in elementary world! I've been teaching middle school for the last 5 years, but this year i'm the elementary reading specialist! I'm so excited!!

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  5. I have to say, you have one of the most rewarding and hardest jobs EVER! Thank you for what you do!!!

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  6. I love this whole Teacher's Week idea from Babbling Abby, I'm hoping to squeeze in a post this afternoon!!!

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  7. I'm not a teacher but I loved reading this post! And I'm so excited about discussing the bookclub book; I've already started reading and it's very, very good!

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  8. Thanks for posting this! I was totally thinking about doing a back-to-school week on my blog, but I think I'll follow this one! :)

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  9. This is a fun post! I'm going back to school this fall to get my teaching certificate, which I am both nervous and excited about! I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. :)

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  10. Love this post! I am linking up with Abby too and just found you. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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  11. I am not a teacher, but it is interesting to read all of these teacher posts. Makes me wish I did go into teaching.

    Also, I am very excited about the book club. I also checked out your Goodreads and sent you a friend request. Love checking out what other people are reading.

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  12. I am certainly not a teacher, never had the desire...but I have plenty of very close friends who are & I have so much respect for you! Good luck as you head back to school!

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  13. LOVE this!!! I'm so glad I found ya (via Babbling Abby). Sounds like you're a wonderful teacher...can't wait to read more!

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  14. I have loved reading your blog and I am excited to hear your teacher tips this week since I will be student teaching this coming spring. I am really leaning towards doing it in 5th grade so don't be shocked if I have some questions for you later this semester. I have been volunteering in one of the elementary classrooms the past 4 years, and last year the teacher looped with her kids and it was the best thing ever! I hope that your experience with it is just as great!

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  15. So excited to find your blog! This is my 20th year to teach and second year in 5th grade. Looking forward to "stealing" your ideas!

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  16. Love this post! I just did one over at Abby's blog, thanks for sharing. I love reading anything about teaching!

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  17. I teach in a low income school district, but not inner city. Sometimes it's tough, but I really don't think I could ever teach inner city. You're right, it takes a very special individual.

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  18. 3rd grade teacher from VA stopping by from Babbling Abby! Also a new follower!

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  19. Best of luck for a wonderful school year!!!

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  20. I had a lo of talks last year with my class about how if they shoved in the tip of their expo on purpose they would suffer greatly haha. I love my Smart Board too! After getting mine I don't know how I'd teach without it haha.

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