A Year in Pictures and Resolutions - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

A Year in Pictures and Resolutions

Just over a year ago I started blogging and my whole world changed! Blogging has brought nothing but positivity into my life. I am in quite a reflective mood today so I wanted to look back over the last year in my personal and teaching life (somewhere along the line it all got mixed together!)...
My very first project when I started blogging. I made these adorable little pointers that my students use ALL the time! They are SO cute and SO easy!

In February Nash and Mommy started working on letters together (Nash is now in Montessori and absolutely loving school!.
In March Little Miss Emmie turned 2 years old! LOVE that sweet smile!
In April I created some bookmarks to help motivate our Fourth Grade Buddies during Testing!

 In May we hatched some ADORABLE chicks. By far my favorite teaching moment ever. 
In June I had my hardest teaching/life moment to date. I lost an incredible student the last week of school. I think about this child everyday and he reminds me of the REAL reason that I teach and it has nothing to do with the curriculum.

In July Nash, Emmie, and I spent many hours doing Just.This. I took a break from all things teaching/blogging and escaped to Charleston.
In August I created my classroom library that I still am oober impressed with.
In September I fell in love with Math Work Stations!
In October my cuties were Pebbles and Bam Bam!

Sad to say, but about all I did blogging wise in November was create Place Value Scoot.

Well, December was consumed by all things green and red!

I think one of the most important things about teaching is being reflective. That is one of the things I LOVE about blogging (aside from reading Kristin's absolutely hilarious posts!). When I write about something, I am forced to think about why it was successful or on some occasions- why it bombed.  So in that spirit here are my New Year's Resolutions.

Personally- Be More Organized Around The House. Period.

Professionally- Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. Let me explain- I wish I could be one of those teachers/people that just lets little things go. Nope-not me. I exhaust my husband/friends/teaching partners by talking about it. Not anymore. If it doesn't matter in the big scheme of things... it isn't going to consume me!
 Happy New Years to you and yours!

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  1. Love your post, Katie. Hmmm...now you have me thinking of some things.

    Grade ONEderful

  2. Great pictures!!!

    Happy New Year!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  3. Katie!!!!
    Thank you so much for the shout out!!!!
    I loved looking through the whole year the way you laid it out. LOVE!!!!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  4. Just found your blog and LOVE it. I would love to see more pictures of your classroom library. =) It looks so cute from the picture you posted! =)

  5. Loved looking at your year in pictures ! Happy New Year !!

  6. CUTE pointers! I love those shapes! We use them with our Greeter in the mornings! My kiddos love coming up with different ways to greet based on those shapes!

    I would love for you to come read about it and follow me! I have TONS of *freebies*!

    I LOVE your blog and you have been such an inspiration to me! Thank you! I am blessed each time I read your blog!

    Heather's Heart

  7. What great ideas! I HAVE to learn about math workstations. This sounds really great

  8. I LOVE animal print so I'd probably have a ball in your classroom. I'm not a teacher but I volunteer in my son's classroom a lot and get pretty attached to the kids. I couldn't imagine how it would be to lose one of your own students. Great new years resolutions! Hope you're sticking to them now that we're halfway through 2012 (Crazy!).



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