Wednesday, May 21, 2014

End of the year reality check!

Because I go to school until June 13, my school year still feels like it is in full speed ahead motion. As I've watched different people posting recently, I realize that many of you are in your final days with your current group!  I'm not going to lie… this has not been the easiest year of my 22 year career. However, as I look over some of the work my students have been producing lately, I realize just how far they have come.  As hard as it has been, I know I will (as always) be shedding tears that last day.

I would love to hear what some of YOUR best accomplishments were with your students this year! Let's brag a little bit… Spill it! Did you help a student develop a love of learning? Did you get a student hooked on a great series of books? Did you learn some new technology yourself? Share below and brag a little!  Let's celebrate with each other all that we did...and maybe your brag will win you a little "help" for the end of the year!

I thought I would share a few of my resources that might be helpful for you as you wind things down… I've hooked up a little rafflecopter to reward you for sharing! This is going to be a quick little giveaway though… I'm only going to open it up for two days so leave your great success stories below by the end of the day tomorrow and I will announce the winner on Friday.

Here are the resources I'm offering up to a lucky winner!

So....click the rafflecopter, add your great moments...and sit back and enjoy your students--whether it be for only a few more days or a few more weeks!  Thanks for stopping by!

29 comments:

  1. I have really enjoyed seeing how my students have matured over this year. I have also enjoyed seeing them excel in math after seeing their beginning of the year to end of the year!

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  3. This was my first year to teach third grade. I am very happy with the progress that my students have made despite their teacher's lack of experience in the third grade. I personally have learned so much! I am so excited about starting next year with a lot more knowledge and experience!

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  4. I had a severe EBD student, who the previous year, crumpled up the state test, refused to do it and often threw things in the classroom. Now, this year did not start off the smoothest. But as I began to get to know this student as a 10 year-old boy, we started to form a connection. Not only did he not crumple up his state test, but he finished the whole thing! He also ended up being in one of my highest reading groups as well. I truly believe that any student can learn, and a teacher who is willing to invest the time and never give up is the key.

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  5. One of the most memorable times for this year has to be the time when my lowest student's light bulb lit up during math time. It was amazing to see how happy he was an his grin from ear to ear. Those moments make the extra work with these kiddos worthwhile!!

    tinysmiles34@gmail.com

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  6. I, like you, have had one of the toughest years in my 23 year teaching career! One thing I am proud of is that I have seen MAJOR improvement in ONE of my students. He really has blossomed over the past few months and has become a consistent, high achieving student. What is even better is that he SMILES now, he is confident, he raises his hand and he shares what he thinks with his classmates. I am SO pleased to see this young man feel more confident and achieve much greater success. He is one of the reasons I will keep working hard until the last day in June (which happens to be June 27th!)
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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  7. I think my greatest success this year has been transitioning to a new grade level at a new school and feeling like I've made a difference with these students. Many of them have told me that they try their hardest because they don't want to disappoint me - which always makes me smile. We also had some very difficult times as our school caught fire in late February which forced all of us to move to an empty school building and start over with nothing. We've done a pretty good job - spirits have been high and we haven't let that incident ruin our learning.

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  8. I am very proud of one little girl in my class that is FINALLY starting to "get it"!!! Of course the last 2 weeks of school isn't the best time to wake up, but I'll take what I can get!

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  9. I have enjoyed many of my students taking ownership of their own learning.

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  10. My class has used iPads, laptops, and alpha smarts more this year then ever. I am so glad they are comfortable with keyboarding since they will need those skills in 4th grade for testing.

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  11. Maturity! I had the pleasure of teaching select students in my classroom for not one, two but three years. (Due to staff shuffle) Gulp. It pushed my creativity to places I never thought possible. One student in particular could not hold his tongue while others were speaking. Now he will look you in the eye while you are speaking and wait his turn. Sometimes the amazing leaps forward are not academic.

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  12. What a great idea! We don't take enough time to acknowledge our hard work and the tremendous growth of our students. I love this time of year (even though it's exhausting)! Watching my 4th graders engage in meaningful conversation, ask each other questions, and add onto others' ideas--especially when they only wanted to talk about themselves at the beginning of the year-- is priceless!

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  13. I had one student switch into my class after Thanksgiving. He was very shy and almost terrified to come to school. Now, he is a happy, smiling boy who loves to share with the class. He is no longer shy at all...and he has a heart of gold.

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  14. We just took our Reading MAPs today-and I was blown away by the scores! Almost everyone went up-and a lot of them went above the benchmark! Means I did something right :) Plus, we are sailing through Fractions this year- due to all the work we put in with our calendar. Love seeing the growth!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  15. I'm proud that I was able to tutor a 6th grade boy all year and see the growth he made from the beginning to now. I also really enjoy seeing this group of kids band together and really care about each other.

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  16. We just got our scores back and I am over the moon about my scores! I had 2 perfect scores in math (never happened before) and one 496/500. I had way more advanced students than ever before and even a lot of mastery.

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  17. I was switched to 4th grade this year after 16 years in 3rd grade. It was unexpected, but the greatest gift I could have been given. My passion for teaching has been reignited and I have found joy in my profession once again. My greatest accomplishment in terms of teaching had to be my teaching of reading, using close reading in particular. I believe my students are better readers because of the way I taught reading this year.

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  18. I just finished grading my end of the year writing assessments. I couldn't be more proud. Even my struggling students did an awesome job. I am in a brand new school after being at my last school for 13 years and this is such an encouragement to me because my students actually used what I taught them this year in their writing. I can't wait to go to school tomorrow and tell them what an awesome job they did!!!!! Especially since they have MAP testing tomorrow, maybe it will be an encouragement to them too!
    Donna

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  19. My accomplishment is returning to the classroom after two years away and really growing as a teacher (and seeing my students grow, too)!

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  20. It hasn't been an easy year for me either. After 15 years of teaching in Texas, I moved to South Korea and am teaching English to students with blindness or visual impairments, with most of them having moderate to severe learning disabilities as well. I am excited that I brought music, songs, and picture books to the English classroom...none of those were there before. I am also excited that I showed my Korean co-teachers that learning can actually be fun. Totally foreign concept to them.
    Angela
    Southern Fried Teachin’

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  21. The thing that I most proud of was when my kidlette who is reading and writing at a K level (with the hardest LD that I have ever seen), wrote his first sentence independently last week. Everything was correct..."I like to swim in the summer." I nearly cried with joy...literally <3. Thank you for your generosity and for considering me =). leafsgirl@rogers.com.

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  22. I had a no reader in my third grade class, and after reworking my schedule so that I could have thirty minutes of ind. time with him, he is now a level K.

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  23. I'm so proud that I made it through my first year of teaching! Also, we haven't gotten our STAAR test scores back, but regardless of tests...comparing my students work from now to the beginning of the year, I know they have made so much growth. That is the best feeling! This just shows how important teaching is, as hard as it may be...there is a reason I show up to work :) It's not for me, it's for them. Here's to making next year even better!

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  24. Our team worked at getting one student a 504. He was a transfer student that we didn't know beforehand. There was a discrepancy in his scores and where we thought he should be and was capable of. After working through the red tape, he ended up in my intervention math class with a 504. We just got our SBA scores in (state tests) and he scored Advanced in math!! It was a total team effort to get him where and what he needed to be successful!

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  25. I think my most successful moment happened today. I have a student that in the beginning of the year kind of checked out. She was emotionally unattached; I couldn't even get her to give me a high five. When I would walk past her to give a high five she would put her head down. When I would hand out papers she would put her head down. It was like she was afraid to think that her teacher was the cool teacher lol. Well over the year, she began to give me a high five every now and then. After the high five she would go back into hiding. Well today in her "My Teacher's Secret Life" essay she listed all of the things, but in the end she said I was just her teacher. She went on to say that I was the best teacher she ever had. That one really got to me because she is not one to show emotion or express how she feels! That made me feel really good because it let me know that I actually did get through to her. She's also doing better in reading and math.

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  26. I teach an EL cluster classroom, and a couple weeks ago, I was told that I would be adding a newcomer from India to my classroom. It was tough for me, as I already had 27 students (so I'd go up to 28) and my teammates in third grade only had 24, and I never have had a newcomer. She was chosen to come to my room for a couple reasons, but one of them being that I had some of the most welcoming students who would help teach her the routes. I was so proud to see all my students welcome her into our classroom, be respectful of her culture which was very different from their own, and really take her under her wing to show her how things worked. She is totally opening up and said her "high" of the week was coming to our school. It's not always the academic successes that stand out (although we had many of those this year too!).

    Kelli
    Tales of a Teacher

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  27. It is my first year and has been really tough. I have been counting down days for awhile and really beating myself up about the year I have had. But in the past two days I have had to post observation conferences where I have been told some things I knew I needed to work on but was given some good ideas on how to work on those areas and also told I have a strong teaching ability and I am able to question my students in a very critical way. It helped me see that even though its been hard that I am not a failure and I am a good teacher just need a little work!

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  28. I am super proud of my students' work with grammar this year. We started using mentor sentences, which has been going fabulously!!

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  29. My biggest success this year is watching my students grow and take ownership of their learning. It warms my heart a million times over when I see then try and do their best work instead of rushing to get the job done.

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