Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Open House

Since this is my very first teaching job, I cannot tell you how many dreams and daydreams I have had about the first time I meet my students. NOTHING like I imagined....it was BETTER. I am a tad dramatic, but I never imagined having so many different feelings on the day of open house. When I was setting everything up, I had this feeling of pure joy and butterflies. I love everything about being a teacher. I know it will be hard, but I want to remember these moments when I doubt myself and remember the kids' faces when they walked into my room today. I could have cried when the sweetest 10-year old boy said this room is AWESOME! Even if it was just one student, it was the validation that I needed to know that the room was for them. Their smiles when they walked in the door was priceless. 

Here are a few photos of Open House! 









I loved watching them figuring out their locker combinations with their parents. There were even races going on to see who could open it up the fastest! I tried something I had been seeing all over Pinterest. I loved the idea of a "teacher wish list", but did not know how it would go over with the parents. I was so surprised when I saw that I only had 2 left! Such giving parents! 

I hope that all of this excitement continues throughout the year. I have a feeling it will be a great one! :)

OFFICIALLY,

Miss Newell 

Oops, it's August?!


Needless to say, I have been one busy bee these past few months. I have decorated and designed a classroom with NOTHING (I mean absolutely nothing) in it a few months ago. It has been SO fun, but has left some very late evenings at the school. I am so thankful my mom has been there to help me with everything--my grandma was even a super-helper with bulletin boards. My room is, in my eyes, 'finished'. There are still bulletin boards that need filled, but that is not something that needs done. I crave authentic work and discovering what should be on the bulletin boards. Even if I know what will be up there, I love the idea of creating lessons that go step-by-step to make them complete. I want to post pictures so badly, but I do not have them all taken yet. I can now sit in my adorable reading chair and say, "I'm done!" Whew, that is such a relief. I have one minor detail that is missing--my teacher desk. Since this is completely minor and can be dealt with, I am living with a table for now. 

Next up: OPEN HOUSE!