Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is it...

Heart pounding, rapid breathing, nightmares...yep, it's that time of year. Back to school...dun dun dun. Okay I actually may be a little dramatic there (ask anyone who knows me, it's not uncommon!). But seriously, every year I feel like this. The anxiety of the unknown plus the excitement of getting back into the classroom and teaching. I think that when I get to the point in my career that I don't feel like this it will be a sign to quit teaching.

There are many things that I worry about before the school year starts. Will the dynamic in my room be good, will I be able to meet the needs of all of my students, will I be nice even on my grumpy days, will they like me, will the parents be nice, will I have my materials prepared, what if I mess up? The list goes on and on. It probably explains why I am a little tiny bit type-A about prepping my classroom (if you haven't noticed). What I can control now makes me feel a little better.

In reality all of it is out of my control. I try to remember that my students are feeling just as anxious, and that it's okay. My  hubs is losing his 'summer wife' and I know the house is going to be kind of a wreck until our first long break, but it's worth it.

To add to the unknown I am getting an intern this year (woo hoo!). We start training together tomorrow and I'm really excited. For those of you who are not PA teachers, the preservice teachers had to choose pre k-4 or 4-8 for their certification. Kind of interesting and most likely not going to last, but in the meantime it means that 5th and 6th grade openings will be filled easier for the kids who chose 4-8th for their certification.

So, as I count down my last few hours of summer, here are a few pins that I found inspiring as I began planning for this school year, and a fun purchase that I made to use in my room this year. Enjoy!
Me By the Numbers - will be doing this on the first day of math with the kids. I think it'll be great for the cover of their binders!
I'm going to try to add this in on the first day of school with my homeroom. I'll have them color a larger popsicle stick then put them in a shadow box to display with a team work inspired quote.
I love owls, and this is just too cute. 
And finally, my new purchase! A doc cam! I'm so excited, this little guy has great reviews and was less than $100. Very affordable on a teacher budget.  Amazon has it - the IPEVO Point 2 View USB camera.


  1. Katrina,

    I saw the pin of your Me By the Numbers on Pinterest, and shared it on my Facebook page and Pinterest board. It was WILDLY popular, so I created a template and shared it with my readers. I just wanted to let you know!

    Me...By the Numbers


    Math Coach’s Corner

  2. Wow Donna, that looks amazing! So glad that others found it helpful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Kayla Phelps (EHS)August 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I love the activity By the Numbers and would like to do it on the first day. Do you have instructions for it?

  4. Hi Kayla -
    Glad you like it! I went through and did one first (check out the comment below, Donna made a great printable version to use) to show the class. We spent a few minutes talking about how numbers are in our lives everywhere we look, and they gave some examples (i.e. # of pets, #of siblings, house number, birthday, etc). I encouraged them to be creative with both their examples and their math, then let them go. We had some great examples and many students used those little pages as the covers to their math binders for the year.

  5. Same question, do you have directions and any sort of template for the By the Numbers activity?

  6. So I just saw your post after Kayla's, sorry!

  7. No problem! I'm going to do it again this year with my class, I'll let you know if there is anything specific that changes or that works better this year :)