Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Changes

This past school year has been one of my toughest in my eleven years of teaching experience. Towards the end of the school year, I was mentally and physically exhausted, as most of us are! 

Even with all the exhaustion, I think I would go stir crazy if I didn't work over the summer (even if for a month or so).  I've worked with our Extended School Year program for the past eight summers.  Some think I'm crazy for teaching summer school, but each experience is actually is so different from what I taught during the school year; that it's always a "break" for me.  This year, going from sixth grade to preschool was just what I needed. It reminds me that change can be good! I think an experience such as this one, allows you to see both the good and bad of each situation.  Being called a name, over hugs?!  I'll take hugs any day.  Potty accidents or having students going to the bathroom independently?!  I'd definitely prefer independence.  Each new summer experience, makes me give credit to the teachers that teach these students from September to June, as well as appreciate what I do teach. 

Preschool has both three and four year olds; along with varying ability levels. Due to this, I have created a few activities for students that are differentiated to meet their needs. Check out this Ocean Themed Ten Frames packet on my Teachers Pay Teacher store.

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