Let me start off by saying that Teachers Pay Teachers has been amazing for teachers to find meaningful lessons and resources to meet the needs of all of our little learners while making learning fun. It's brought teachers together in a collaborative forum where we can connect through social media. I have been inspired by so many of you. It has pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, to come up with new ideas, and create a wonderful classroom environment. But here's where it gets tricky.
Over the summer, I was hired to teach in a new school district an hour away, with a combo class teaching first and second graders (2nd grade was brand new to me), while implementing Common Core State Standards. Did I mention I was hired the day school started? Holy moly, what have I gotten myself into and where the heck do I even start?
|My kiddos used these props on the first day of school for adorable photos|
Like most of you out there, we lacked materials for CCSS so TpT was my new best friend. I'd spend hours on it finding amazing products and resources. I'd stay up until midnight for months, searching for ways to make my lessons engaging and finding things that were the best fit for a combo. I'd print it out at home on copy paper, rush to school (in an hour of traffic) to copy it onto colored card stock and laminate it. The more things I found, the later I'd stay up.