Friday, May 10, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Blog Location

I have decided to switch to a wordpress blog (it is easier for me to understand, navigate, and personalize).  The new address for my blog is the same but instead of blogspot it is wordpress.  Here it is!  

You can follow me through e-mail with this site as well.  This new blog is not pretty yet so please don't judge.  I am working on the layout of it and will have it fancy soon.  I hope to see you following me at the new location :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Yard Sale Fun

Now that I have officially decided to stay in Kuwait and I know what grade I will be teaching, I have started to prepare myself.  I started following blogs and twitter accounts for early childhood and accumulating toys and other must haves for my new classroom.  I have been going a little pin crazy.

This morning Lissa, Jeff, our friend Dana, and I went to a yard sale.  A lot of it was presale only so we weren't really sure what we were going to find.  I of course was looking for toys and things for my classroom next year along with anything for the apartment I will move into in the fall.  I came up short with apartment items, but there were more toys than I could even fit into a classroom.  I ended up buying eleven puzzles, four books, a mini abacus, and a toy stroller.

Some of the puzzles are a little difficult for three year olds so I will be giving them away to some of the older grades.

I also bought myself a couple of things.  As Lissa and I were looking through the Disney movies being sold, we enjoyed reminiscing about the ones we watched as children. There were about 10 movies that we really wanted but knew we shouldn't spend the money on.  We ended up buying The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fern Gully, and Mary Poppins.  Lissa and Jeff bought a pizza paddle and the grand total for the toys and all was only 6 KWD or about $21.00.  This three day weekend has proven to be a success!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Job Hunt Complete

√ Diploma 
√ Teaching Certificate
√ Job

On Thursday, I was offered a position here at AIS as a Pre-K teacher.  I signed my contract on Sunday!  It is official.  I will be living in Kuwait for the next two years!  Get ready for a lot of learning experiences!

To read how we celebrated in a dry country visit Lissa and Jeffs blog :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dust Day?

Being from Michigan I am used to all types of weather.  The days when you can't go to school because the wind chill is too cold or the snow days.  I am also used to rainy days when my students had indoor recess.  Here there are yellow and red days.  They both have to do with dust.

On a yellow day any student who has an allergy to dust or has asthma has to stay in for recess.  All of the other students are permitted to go outside.

A red day means you keep all students inside!

Since I have been here we had a day that started yellow and turned into a red day.  The elementary was the only part of the school that had a red day.  The rest of the school was still on yellow.  I was happy my students got 15 minutes of their recess in before they changed it to red.  They were crazy being cooped up all day.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Different Kind of Teaching

Throughout my placements during my education I used many standards.  Michigan previously required elementary teachers to use Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE).  This was at the beginning of my education.  Michigan then got on board with the Common Core and teachers are now supposed to follow the Common Core State Academic Standard as well as the GLCE.  I personally enjoyed teaching the Common Core because it allowed me to focus on a big idea rather than specific content.

AIS is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) school.  The elementary and early childhood division is called Primary Years Program (PYP).  About a week after arriving I had a meeting, also known as a crash course, about PYP.  I am still no expert but I understand the concept much better.  What I understand so far is amazing!  The IBO mission statement aligns with my philosophy on many levels. One main point is to encourage students "to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."  Like the Common Core teachers are using broad topics not specific facts to teach the students.

Again, I don't know a lot about IBO but I know I will learn more throughout this semester and I am looking forward to it!