Thursday, 21 August 2014
Welcome to My Blog and a little about ME!
Welcome to my blog. I have been considering blogging for quite some time but I have never really taken the time to sit down and get started. This summer I decided to make the time and learn about blogging and start one of my own. I love to read blogs. I hope you enjoy reading my little blog.
My plan is to share photos, ideas and inspiration from my Grade 1 classroom. I am a huge believer in learning from my colleagues. I hope that you find that you can learn a little from my experiences. With that being said, how about I tell you a little about my journey here.
As a little girl there was never any doubt in what I wanted to be - a teacher. My Mom said there was nothing I liked better than playing school. Once in High School I tutored the primary students in our Kindergarten - Grade 13 school, even working with a French teacher and doing a bit of team teaching in a split class. A unique opportunity for a wannabe teacher!
I went to Trent University for my undergrad in History and Psychology and then finished my Teaching Degree at Queen's University in Kingston in 1994. The year I graduated was not a great one for new grads. The field of teaching was a bit bleak at that time with no jobs. The only bright spot on the horizon was the fact that they reopened the supply teaching list after not taking any applicants for a number of years. After applying and successfully landing a spot on the list, many years of supply teaching ensued. I did day to day supply teaching for 3 1/2 years before landing a long term occasional position. After that short stint in grade 3/4 I landed a contract position in Kindergarten and grade 3/4. I was finally teaching, but not yet having my own classroom (I shared with other teachers) - that would come a little later.
Just after the birth of my son I was hired to teach grade 2 and then shortly after that I was given a Grade 1 class. That was always my dream job and so my dream career started. It has been 18 years teaching and 14 of those have been in grades 1 or 2. I am looking forward to rest of this educational journey.
Outside of teaching I love to read, create products for my TPT store, surf Pinterest (who doesn't?), go to the cottage and travel. My family loves to travel in our 40 foot RV. We have travelled to Florida, as far south as Key West, and throughout the East Coast of Canada. In fact, this post is being written in the RV on the way back from a family trip to Newfoundland.
So check back often for pictures (lots of pictures) and ideas and inspiration for your own classroom. I love taking a photo tour of classrooms, so when I make it into my classroom on Monday I will upload some photos of my progress so far.