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Wednesday, June 6, 2018


I really thought I was going to get around to blogging more this school year, but....that obviously didn't happen! It was a very busy school year for me. I finished my master's in educational leadership and I trained for, then ran, the Chicago Marathon. That really did not allow for a lot of free time.

It was a really tough school year, too. Teaching in an urban school district can be very challenging, but this school year felt rougher than the previous school years. While by the end of the school year, I loved my class, they were very young. By providing me with the low readers, I also received the youngest students in the grade and many of the more challenging behaviors. This made the beginning of the school year very difficult.

I had to get creative in my methods, and found myself focusing a lot more on social emotional learning, at times more than the actual curriculum. These students needed a lot of instruction in self-regulation and self-control. I learned a wide range of strategies for this, which I hope to share throughout the summer.

In other news, though, I have chosen to move to another school. Despite my love for the children and my class, often times other factors can make our work challenging. I am sure that even without saying it, many of you know what I am implying. Next year, I will be working at an independent school. I am very excited about this adventure and am looking forward to many of the exciting and different experiences I will have. This school appears to have a close knit community with a very positive environment. That is exactly what I am looking for!

I know I have sort of fallen off the blogging bandwagon, but hopefully I will be able to share all the exciting things happening at my new school. Please stick around!

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