1. Learning about the amazing blogging world!! - This has been such a resource and support system for me. The majority of the teachers at my school have been teaching for quite awhile and many are close to retirement. They all are so experienced and prefer to stick to what they know rather than try some new things or do much collaboration.
2. Starting an RTI Program - This has been an extremely challenging task and has taken a lot of time but I have been really excited about it. It is still very rough and I am still trying to get support from all of the teachers but I think it will be a great asset to our school and for our students as well as teachers.
3. Finding the Reading Tutors Program, part of Reading A-Z - I was really struggling coming up with lessons and interventions to use for reading readiness and comprehension. This has been a great place for me to start and build off of and I look forward to using it more next year!
The Not So Great...
1. Large Case Load and Lack of Time - I am technically a part time Special Ed. Teacher and a part time instructional aide. The division line between to 2 positions has gotten very blurred. I had 33 kids on my case load this year and technically only had 3 days to work with them on intervention work. I would really love to be full time and I could only imagine the amazing progress we could make with more time.
I feel like most of my graphs look this way... They don't really, but I wish more went upwards a lot more than they did.
3. Staying focused and doing my best - I had a lot of personal things going on this year and I found it hard to really stay on top of things. Being in the position that I am in, it is easy to "slack off" and do the bare minimum when it comes to lesson planning. With everything that I had going on this year, this happened WAY MORE than I had hoped it would. Next year is going to be different and it will be my best year yet!