Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher {blogger}


Hi! I'm Jenn, blogger behind Take Me to Third Grade!  I didn't blog too much this past year with adjusting to my first full year of teaching, SGOs (Student Growth Objectives here in New Jersey), and everything else I had going on in my life!  This past summer though I've been getting my hands a little dirty in creating things for my classroom to post on TpT.  It's addicting !!  Anyways, I started teaching in March 2013 - I taught 3rd grade ELA and Math.  Then, in September 2013, my school became departmentalized, so I taught ELA and SS.  After having the year to "master" ELA, I requested that I teach the fifth section of our 3rd grade classes so that I am the only self-contained 3rd grade class.  This year, it'll be my second *official* school year where I go to teaching ALL the subjects.  Kinda forgot about that this summer ....

 

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

. my Bible . Bible study (especially Beth Moore) . my boyfriend . Starbucks -_- . reading . Vera Bradley Clementine . pandora charms . Alex & Ani bracelets . the city {NYC} . Disney World . The Golden Girls . caramels . the beach . Despicable Me . school supplies . target . working out . sharpies . planners . rain . 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
If I wasn't a teacher, I would probably be an athletic trainer.  Initially, that was my intended college major.  My first semester freshman year I took education classes, but I still wrestled with changing my major back to Athletic Training.  I didn't ... here I am today!  God equipped me for teaching. :)  I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 5-years-old, what can I say..

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

. Overcomer . Motivated . Passionate .
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I have all the school supplies, resources, technology, and copy paper I could ever need!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Anne Frank . Ron Clark . Esther (Queen to King Xerxes in the New Testament) . the apostle Paul . James, the brother of Jesus . 

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

Equipped for Battle: Teaching and the Common Core meets Personal Life

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

I already have a superpower ... I TEACH ! 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

we have this hope as an anchor for the soul - Hebrews 6:19a

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

"My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

morning person .. "in the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus"
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I haven't created it - or uploaded it - ... yet. :)

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 

I blogged about it in February after the inital hearing of it, but I never posted anything about it ..  

      {cover of the magazine}  
[SIDENOTE: While our students' parents fill out technology waivers and consent forms, 
I didn't think it was fair to post the pictures of my student's faces without parents' consent] 

          
{cover page for the article} 

         {last page of the article}    

In March 2014, a year after starting my teaching career, my vice-principal nominated me and I was further chosen as Think Teachers Teacher of the Month.  Each month, this magazine features a teacher in a different district all around New Jersey.  I filled out a questionnaire prior to my classroom interview and photograph session.  It was quite an honor to have visitors come into the classroom to just see what I do.  I got to show off A LOT of whole brain teaching techniques and talk about how I cope with working in a school where 90% of students receive free or reduced price lunch.  #teachingaintnopicnic    
The writer and photographer came for an hour to take pictures and talk.  The came through after a big snowstorm we had over the weekend.  I was nervous that morning that they would all of a sudden have to cancel! But they didn't. :)  And neither did my kids!  Out of 27 students .. only 15 were present that morning !!!! Made the excitement a little easier to manage.  It was quite a humbling opportunity, one that gave me time to reflect and evaluate myself as a teacher.  But also time to celebrate how far I've come and what I've overcome regarding the reality that "comes with the job".

Now it's your turn to introduce yourself as #teacherblogger ! :)  
Go to Falling Into First to link up and explore your *favorite* #teacherbloggers ! 

5 comments:

Rachel McCoy said...

What an awesome accomplishment!

Rachel from Rachel's Reflections

Think Tank King Pin said...

Jenn! Wow! You are on the cover of a magazine! THAT is awesome! I LOVE your superpower response too! Well done! :) You are off to a FANTASTIC teaching start!

MissWoodwardsClass said...

Hi Jenn! I should have added Target to my list of favorite things, too. I think I make like 2 trips per week. :) SO cool to in that magazine! Kudos to you!

Ellie
Miss Woodward's Class

D. Frideley said...

Wow, pretty amazing.

If I ever return to the gen ed classroom, I would use whole brain teaching for sure.

Deniece
This Little Piggy Reads

Stephanie Chambers said...

Hi Jenn! I found your blog through the states linky on Fifth in the Middle. I've been searching for a New Jersey teacher to participate in a 50 states postcard exchange. Would you be interested or know a teacher that would be interested? Thanks...I've been looking for a New Jersey teacher for awhile :).

Stephanie
The Learning Chambers

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