So the fabulous gals over at Blog Hoppin' started Teacher Week 2011 and here is my post for Meet the Teacher Monday! So excited to be a part of it! So here goes... more about me:
Tell us a little something about you...
I'm Caitlin, and I am currently blogging while watching my beloved Arizona Diamondbacks play. I am a sports fanatic, I LOVE baseball and hockey and go to all the Cardinals games with my family! I love spending time with my amazing friends and family. I enjoy playing pickleball - a little known sport that's a cross between tennis, badmintion, and ping pong. It's FUN! I also love trying to cook/bake new recipes and I sing in my church worship band.
How long have you been teaching?
This is my third year teaching; all in kindergarten. I never thought kindergarten would be my first choice for teaching, but it's what was available at the time, and I ended up LOVING it! I work with an amazing, amazing team of kinder teachers and we just have a blast together at work. I love seeing how much my kinder babies grow in a year's time! Though I will admit, I can't wait till this first month is over so they'll finally be more settled into the school routine. ;)
You might not know...
I got a scholarship to play college basketball in Nebraska, I've been on The Eric Byrnes Show in Arizona, and Mark Grace CIRCLED ME WITH THE TELESTRATOR DURING A D-BACKS BROADCAST AND IT WAS AMAZING.
What are you looking most forward to this school year?
I'm looking forward to trying new things with my kinders this year and possibly revamping some old activities to make them more exciting. Part of the thing I love most about the teaching blogosphere is all the fabulous ideas I get from you all. I've tried some of them in my class and they have all been a hit! I'm also looking forward to just growing in my teaching abilities to continue to better myself. :)
What do you need to improve?
I seriously need to get organized. I normally give myself a few weeks before school starts to get in my classroom, get everything out, and organize it to my liking. However, they finished cleaning our classrooms VERY late into July and I didn't get the opportunity to do all the organizing I wanted to. I have a tendency to keep my desk/table cluttered and I really need to stop! I also really want to put more of a focus on teaching math and doing more math centers in the afternoons.
What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
I love sharpies, flair pens, and post-it notes. I also love getting as many books as possible to have more of a variety to read to my kids. And I love using my document camera and projector - I wonder now how I ever taught without those things! And my kiddos personally love using their individual white boards.
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Glad to be a part of the Teacher Week linky party! Can't wait to get connected with more of you!