Mrs. Deneumostier's May 2014 Newsletter (last edition)
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9, 2014
Here is a neat article about (others) understanding what we do:
How to Make it to the End of the School Year
Great article here:
Click on the link for the exact time left until we are off for the Summer:
Last (full) Month of the School Year
Six Engaging End-of-Year Projects
End of the Year Resources
Transformation Begins With Reflection: How Was Your Year? http://www.edutopia.org/blog/transformation-begins-with-reflection-elena-aguilar
Teachers: How to Prepare for School Year's End http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/principals-office/preparing-for-the-end-of-the-school-year/
In addition, Rachel Lynette in her Minds in BLOOM site has compiled a list of reflection questions for teachers; you can see them here: http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2011/06/20-teacher-end-of-year-reflection.html. The article also includes a link for students' questions.
Being out of the classroom this year has been quite an experience. And from that perspective, I answered some of the teacher's reflection questions that I'd like to share with you:
- What has caused you the most stress this year? Balancing the support and compliance aspects of the job.
- When was a time this year when you felt joyful and/or inspired about the work that you do? When students excitedly asked me when was I coming next to work with them. And when able to gather important information about our students' background (mainly new students) that allowed for a better placement decision.
- What do you hope your students remember most about you as a teacher? That I care about them.
- What was the most valuable thing you learned this year? That even as a support teacher, building relationships with your students and their parents matter. As an educator, relationships make a difference, regardless of the position you hold.
- What was the biggest mistake you made this year? How can you avoid making the same mistake in the future? Thinking I could do everything (support and compliance) all year long. I "walked" through the year blindly, not knowing what would come next; but now that I know about the responsibilities the position entitles and when/how in the year they fit, I could actually have a working plan. (I am preparing a guide for my fellow new 2014-15 LASes at IES.)
- What were your biggest organizational challenges this year? Keeping up with enrollment as to meet the different compliance processes and deadlines.
- Who amongst your colleagues were the most helpful to you? Our amazing Office Staff, our wonderful Paras, my lovely mentor (Ms. Powers from CRES), and my super LASes Team!
- Knowing what you know now, would you still choose to be a L.A.S. if you could go back in time and make the choice again? Yes! If not for my personal reasons to be changing positions (and campuses), I would have loved to continue being a L.A.S. I already had so many ideas to be better at it next year.
Thank you for a great year, IES friends!
Keep students engaged through the end of the year. Continue to integrate technology on a daily basis. Here are a couple of links with ideas/ activities:http://www.netop.com/classroom-management-software/blog/end-of-school-year-blues-classroom-technology-to-keep-students-engaged/