Public School Rookie Teacher Diary CLASS - Part 2

Hi friends,

This is the continuation of my rookie teacher diary. Everyday I find out new things that I did not have any knowledge about - not necessarily negative, but things that I was just not aware of.

We just attended a training last Friday, very informative and valuable for us. Some things that I have just learned is that the classroom is not being cleaned on a daily basis...I know that some teachers experience similar situations with custodians personnel, but it was just something that I wasn't expecting, so naive! you may think!

We are part of the school district and we are also partnership with Head Start, we have different deadlines and requirements that other preschools in the district..go figure!

New teachers are assessed and reviewed by CLASS: Classroom Assessment Scoring System, to learn more about CLASS click {HERE}. Well, after being given a one-week window for my review, I got reviewed and received my results on Friday. I would say, I did pretty good! very proud of myself!

I was very relieved to learn that a first-year teacher (in the public system) did much better than veteran teachers. The review itself was a  bit overwhelming. The reviewer stood a couple feet away from me and was taking notes of her findings and observations without a peep coming out of her mouth.

I decided to celebrate my first public school rookie teacher success with a freebie!
Click {HERE} to get your freebie!
Only available until 9/17, don't miss out!

Till the next one!

Keep learning,


Name, Name

Hi friends,

These past couple of weeks have been very busy for me. I was reviewed for CLASS - Classroom Assessment Scoring System, received two new students and finished assessing my students on ASQ and ASQ-SE - Ages and Stages Questionnaire. We've been in session for 8 weeks already - well, just one more week before our two--week fall break, let's hang in there!

Besides the battery of assessments these past weeks, my kiddos and I have been very busy in our classroom practicing the letters in our names in different ways.

We began by learning a chant about names.

Because the letters in the child's names are the ones that are the most meaningful, we explored the letters in different ways. We used the WONDERFUL Phonic Watches - you can find more information {HERE}.
The watches were used to introduce the letter/sound A. Each one of my students wore the watch all day and couldn't stop looking at them...mission accomplished!!!

We also practiced tracing names following yellow marker.

 Letters on bottle caps was a great hit in the classroom, as well as name puzzles! I wrote letters on circle-shaped stickers and then placed them on the bottle caps.

 As part of our parent involvement program, the students have homework. The name puzzle was an activity sent as homework this week. It involved cutting, gluing and accommodating the letters of their names in the correct order - they did great I must say.

The writing notebooks is also homework. Each week the students are giving a topic to draw a picture about and the parents take dictation of their work -   oh my, the things they say.....that's for another post :)

How do you practice names in your classroom?

Keep learning!


Public School Rookie Teacher Diary: Part 1

Hi friends,

Although I have been teaching for almost 10 years, this is my very first experience in the public setting. I decided to record my experiences as a public school rookie teacher.

Here I go, after several applications and interviews during this last summer, I finally received the call I was hoping for. My interview was scheduled for Friday afternoon. I was greeted by the school's principal, associate principal, early childhood director and my potential co-teacher....very overwhelmed experience! Everything went great and I was offered the position the following Monday (5 days before school began)...I was so excited. 

My next step was to schedule fingerprints and physical exams, TB tests, etc. I was finally cleared that Friday and was able to begin school as scheduled. 

I arrived into my new classroom....felt so surreal! and met my now-officially co-teacher again; from the beginning she has been extremely helpful and willing to inform me of all the district's policies and regulations - I guess I am very lucky! We promptly began to organize the classroom and plan for the upcoming school year. We also went to the district's office to pick up our students' files.....this is when I realized it was really happening!

During the first day of school, it was only a parent orientation. Along with the Head Start director and coordinator we informed the parents about schedules, policies, curriculum to be used and general school information they needed to know. 

Funny thing, when I was interviewed and hired I was not aware of lots of many other teachers, I guess :) Our school schedule was Monday through Thursday only....sweet! Fridays was for paperwork....yeah!, planning....amazing! and home-visits....WHAT?!?!? I was completely unaware of this little detail! But it didn't turn out so bad, we are performing the home-visits along with our assessments in the classroom....what a relief!

We have been in session for 6 weeks now and I loved every minute of it! We began the first three weeks with the district's All Aboard Curriculum, which focuses on classroom expectations and social-emotional tools for school readiness. I have been to two district's training so far and had a Curriculum Night....all that in just 6 short weeks! 

While San Diego Unified District is getting ready to begin the school year on 9/3, in Chula Vista Elementary School District we are getting ready for our two-week fall break coming soon....just 3 more weeks!  

I am sure there will be many more things that I am not aware of that I will be discovering along the way, in the meantime I will continue enjoying my sweet babies and learning and absorbing everything that I can!

I will continue with my <Public School Rookie Teacher Diary> after we come back from our vacation to Puerto Rico, I am loving year-round school schedule!

Care to share some of your teaching discoveries with us?