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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 03 2011


So I know I’ve been just about the worst blogger ever since things have gotten crazy busy at school, but now I vow to reflect more regularly through blogging.

Since the last time I posted I was switched with the pre-k teacher; yup, now i teach 4 year-olds. Apparently the other teachers was “too stern” with the kids and the principal didn’t have much faith in me helping the kids pass the CRCT so she decided to swap us and see what happens. Needless to say the new third grade teacher is not having any more luck than I a with behavior issues, but I am luckily loving the little ones!

At first I thought that I would hate pre-k, but every day I like it more. We sing, dance, learn to share, count, read, and make patterns together. We play outside and learn what school is all about. We also talk about what makes a good friend, and how we can be Star Scholars. 

The great thing about the younger kids is that they are little sponges ready to soak up the language of “make good choices” and ” do our best work.” They understand that we are at school to grow our brains, and they want to learn to read and count.

Their behavior has improved a lot since I got there about 4 weeks ago. And I’m starting to feel like I know what I’m doing in terms of long-term planning. I’m really excited about having younger children because I can get them off to an awesome start and train them to constantly be setting goals for themselves and have a strong moral compass so that for the rest of their lives, they will be on a path to success.

Stay tuned!

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