Thursday, August 8, 2013

Onward and Upward... Life in a New Job :)

The last few months I have decided I needed to take a change in education to avoid that "new teacher burnout" that everyone talks about. I have been a K-6 cross categorical special education teacher and I have loved it, however, something was missing. I cannot explain it, but I knew I had to get back to the general education classroom. I have had 6 interviews and was told kindly that I am a great special education teacher and that moving into the general education classroom was not good at this time. *sigh* It's nice to know I am a good teacher but it was hard to swallow being told I couldn't do what I wanted.

Fast forward to Monday evening, I was given an amazing opportunity to interview for a Kindergarten general education position at Dennis Lab School for the 2013-2014 school year. In our district, this is a top notch school doing some of the most amazing project based learning, and the best part, KIDS LOVE LEARNING. I knew this was a long I went in promised myself this was the last interview I would go to before throwing in the towel. Upon getting there, I had about 25 minutes to sit and reflect until it was my turn. I took this opportunity to think about my grandma. She died in August 2011 and I have missed her everyday of my life. I sent up a silent "please watch over me and give me a sign if this is what is meant to be." When it was my turn, I suddenly lost all my nerves and went in smiling and confident.

As of today, I have received a phone call with a job offer from Dennis Lab School, and I have gratefully accepted. This is going to be an amazing experience the next year. I am so blessed my #1 angel and God were right there showing me all along that I needed to wait for this once in a lifetime job opportunity.

However, with an exciting change it brings me to leaving a wonderful family at Hope Academy. I have throughly loved all my co-workers and not only getting to know them at school but becoming great friends outside of school! I know that I will miss working with them everyday, but now it's time for a new chapter.

Goodbye Special Education and Hello Kindergarten :)

Friday, July 19, 2013

What I Love About Social Networking in Classrooms and Home

This is my official first blog post into the world of social networking with my classroom and my crafty side at home. I have found so much inspiration in the ideas others share through the social networking sites and blogs that I thought I could give back!  

A few things before we start, my name is Kate and I am a third year teacher in a special education cross-categorical classroom. Sometimes I find it hard being on social networking sites and trying to find out where my classroom fits in the realm of common core, technology, and all that is education. I have over the last year applied many brand new techniques thanks to blogs,, and other teachers I work with. However, in my free time I am always working on craft projects from sewing to organizing systems I find on social networks. I am currently working on the DIY wedding of the century (o.k... I know I am biased!!) in October and I might share some of my to dos on here as well! 

So...back to the point... What do I love about social networking? 

 Pinterest as the great equalizer: We have all seen those projects and thought "Wow, that first year teacher has great ideas and so much energy. I just don't have the time anymore." Wait, WHAT?! I feel like Pinterest has put fire back into our love of education and pretty much anything you love! I have seen so many teachers go up to seventh year teachers and ask where they got their ideas, and they said simply "Pinterest." with a gratifying smile. It's refueled my profession and I love seeing it happen!! 

At home, I pretty much turned my life into my job, but now I have set aside "me time" for two hours everyday, one hour of which I am active if I like it or not, and one hour for crafting which is my passion. I have taken up making jewelry, floral arrangements, sewing everything I can (not always successfully though! haha), painting, and just plain creating. A big part of this is I cannot craft anything for my classroom! I know, I know... who has time for that?! well... I decided to give up an hour of reality TV and just give myself time. Now that I have done this, I am much more refreshed for my profession and I feel the kids get more out of me! 

Thanks to Pinterest I can find blogs I would have never known about, follow people on Twitter who are just amazing in their classrooms, and I can connect with people world wide and see what education is doing everywhere! I feel like I am a member of an amazing profession community not just in my central Illinois town but in the world and it's AMAZING!