May 25, 2015

Organizing Files

One thing that makes me "happy" and my heart pitter patter is pretty neatly organized spaces. 

A few years ago when I had a student teacher in her lead teaching, I purged, reorganized and developed a new file system. It was the best of both worlds...I stayed in the classroom for support and as an extra set of eyes/ears and I multitasked.

Here is one of my files cubes now.

Everything is organized sequentially.  
I created a small template in word so it can be quickly edited(that was before I discovered my love for PowerPoint). 
In the left corner I typed the subject and/or the time of year.

Some subjects have multiples folders.
This year in math, I added the Everyday Mathematics unit titles. Now when I have to file, it is easy to see what each unit's objective.
Happy Organizing!!

May 16, 2015

Bio

Well, hello! So excited for my first blog posting

While all my teacher friends are "winding down" and in a whirlwind of assessing, completing unit studies and preparing for end of the year graduations...I am actually starting a teaching blog! Crazy I know! Why now, you ask? Well I started a new journey in November that has led to fabulous world for me!  In November, I became a creator for Teacher-Pay-Teacher.  From this game-changer, I joined Instagram in January, and then from there things started really changing in my life.  I began developing relationships and friendships with teachers around the country. I have organized meet-ups with fellow teachers and bloggers in my area and quickly realized the wonderful social media world of teaching!  So here I am...joining the blogging world at the end of the school year - ha ha!

A little about me:
I was born and raised in NJ.  Although, it has been many years since I have lived there, part of me will always think of myself as a "New Yorker" because my childhood home is so close to the city.  Most Sundays as a family, we would venture in to explore.  I think I have probably seen every museum NYC has as well as eaten in every restaurant in China Town and Little Italy. Tricia's Tip - If you can find Jorge at Puglia in Little Italy... you won't be disappointed in the food or entertainment!

I journeyed to The University of Rhode Island for college where I spent just one year.  One of my dearest friends still lives in RI and I have made it a tradition to head back each summer with my boys for a wonderful visit.  Tricia's Tip - If you haven't had the chance to visit Rhode Island in particular Newport...it is a "must see"!  Gorgeous historic mansions, beautiful bridges, and peaceful relaxing small beaches with amazing enormous rocks to climb on.  Did I mention the yummy seafood?

I needed to go "big" after URI, so I was watching the Rose Bowl in 1988 and Michigan State just called my name.  I didn't know a soul in the entire state but it was the most incredible experience of my life.  I grew up in ways that completely changed me. I had the opportunity to live at Disney World and become a cast member while at State, joined a sorority where I developed life-long sister relationships and cheered as a fan at every sporting event that involved MSU!

After MSU, I ventured solo again a long way from home to Florida. My first teacher job was almost a block from Daytona Beach and it was truly a memorable experience.  At this school, I was the only Second Grade teacher and my classroom was located on the second floor.  When I opened my classroom door, I stepped outside to an beautiful outdoor verandah.  I loved my little classroom not only because it was lovely at this school but also because it was my first "grown-up experience".  One of my most memorable days was when I had to ask some of my students to chase a chameleon out of the classroom!  A northern girl does not touch chameleons - ha ha!  To this day, I can still list all 33 of my students in alphabetical order.  Those little 7 year olds were my "first babies" and I will never forget them and the memories we created together that year.  (PS they are in their late 20s now...eek!)

After a few years in FL, I came back to Michigan where I have been teaching ever since.  I have taught First Grade, Second Grade and now I am a math teacher for students First-Fifth Grades.  Some of the highlights over the years, include teaching a 1/2 split, being part of an awesome team that opened an elementary school, receiving 4 grants and having an amazing teaching partner for 9 years.

I am a wife and mother now of 3 young boys and that is another "game-changer" because I understand little boys in a whole new way now.  Becoming a mother has also helped me develop great empathy and compassion for families that I never understood before.  Lastly, my middle son has special needs involving physical impairments and developmental delays in many areas. He has taught me many lessons but most importantly, I strongly believe that as a parent you are your child's greatest advocate. 

So that is "me", in a few short paragraphs.  I hope you will come on my blogging adventure where I can share some of my teaching successes and challenges! Let's GO!