Friday, August 24, 2012

Back to School!

Well, we made it! This has been my first first week back to school since I was a student myself, and I must say I am loving the chaos, smiles, nerves and excitement as our students and teachers gear up for a wonderful year.  I've gotten so many hugs and "Hey, I remember you!"s that make me truly excited to be back in the swing of things.  This week I've been mostly floating around to be helpful wherever I can, but next week I'll be "popping" into classrooms for a quick counselor introduction lesson plan.  Last year I introduced myself for a full 30 minutes lesson with Mrs. Potato Head for K4-1, counselor trivia 2-4, and decorating puzzle pieces in 5th grade (the counselor helps "connect the pieces"... their puzzle pieces went on my bulletin board. So cute!)

This year however, I think most of the students already know who I am, and I really want to get started with my 7 habits lessons in September so that I can cover all of them, so I plan on getting a few things here and there and taking them to each class to introduce myself for a quick 10-15 minutes.  Some of things I'll be looking for this weekend are: a large ear (where to find?!?), big shoes (maybe I can borrow a pair of the hubby's), an oversized key, a hand (thinking a foam hand would work), large sunglasses.  I'll share whatever I am able to come up with next week.  I'd like to have students in the upper grades help me out by wearing some of the things that I'll bring.

A little back to school FUN:

I just thought I'd share this with you since it was crafted for back to school.  Below is a picture of our volcano that was in the middle of the atrium for Meet the Teacher and the first day of school.  Our theme is Learning is a Treasure and we turned the atrium into a treasure map!  We found some footprint peel and stick wall art that we put on the floor with the volcano in the middle ("we're erupting with learning!") and a pirate ship on the wall.  The ship has pirates that will hold the "scrolls" of our honor roll students, perfect attendance and Bug Club for the 9 weeks.  It was so much fun to see the kiddos walking on the footprints around the atrium.  What did your school do for back to school??  I'd love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful, fabulous school year!!

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