This is year number 8 and I am going strong! I have been teaching at a public school of about 1000 kiddos. 2 years in 2nd grade, 4 in 4th and 2 in 3rd. I work at a school which is part of the International Baccalaureate program. Writing curriculum is a big part of what we do every year. Nothing is static, we replace, revamp or revise everything each year based on reflections from the prior year's implementation.
I teach at an PYP/IBO public school. For classroom management I follow my own variation of assertive discipline. In other words, clear expectations & consistent, relevant consequences with a focus on lots of praise and positive feedback. I am definitely an organization fanatic.
The praise of students and parents is enough for me!
I was previously an insurance agent and investment broker for about 10 years. I enjoyed it, but never felt like I was where I was supposed to be. I went back to college for 2 and a half years when I was 29 to earn my teaching degree in Oregon. I moved to Texas and have been teaching at the same school ever since. I know my calling is to be a teacher and I finally feel like my job makes a difference.
I love sharing a great idea, whether mine or someone else's, so I am looking forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm with other teachers and parents. Time is precious, so hopefully my work will save you some time and provide a great learning experience for your students!