A Year In Review

Ok friends, we have not kept up with the blogging world at all this year!
Sooooo this is going to be a BIG post reviewing some of our highlights...

 This was our 15th year of team-teaching together...but it was a VERY different year for us!!! 1. We moved to a new school, (after being in the same school for 16 years) which is absolutely AMAZING!!! We LOVE our new school! 2. We had ALL 2nd graders!!!
3.  AND WE WERE IN ONE ROOM (with 48 kiddos)!!!

When we moved to our new school, we were given 2 rooms but we didn't want to separate. We had team-taught for 14 years and we TRULY believe multi-age and teaming it is SO VERY beneficial for most children!!! We thought, sure we can fit 40 little 1-2 multi-agers in one room...no problem. See, it's an older building with oversized rooms. So we spent all last summer unpacking and setting up our new room. Our 2nd room was used for storage.
We loved our room and had so much fun setting it up!!!

Then a week before school started, there was a change in numbers and staff. Soooo our firsties had to go into the other first grade classrooms and we had to become ALL 2nd grade...eeeeek!!! We had never done this before. But then we thought of the advantages and got excited wanted to make the best of it!

The first day came, we started with 40 little sweeties...literally, the sweetest class ever! By the end of the 2nd week, we were at 46! We had to use Mrs. Crutchfield's small group table for our students!!! It seemed a bit crazy and we actually thought...should we separate? But we decided to "Stick Together" and make it through this new change and new year with each other...and that's just what we did!
We were little sardines and we eventually grew to a class of 48!!!
(We actually had 49-50 at one point in the year! That is the MOST we've ever had together!)

As the year went by, and our 48 sweeties grew and GREW, our room seemed to get smaller and SMALLER. So being the dreamers we are, we mentioned how great it would be if our district could open up our room by knocking out part of the wall between the room next to ours. Our principle really listened to us and they are actually doing this for us!!! (We will post about that transformation later this summer.) YES, our principle is FABULOUS, AMAZING, WONDERFUL but most of all, she is SUPPORTIVE and believes in how we teach!!!

We couldn't have made it this year without all of our little helpers...they passed out breakfast, cleaned up breakfast, wiped the tables, took the trash out, turned the lights on and off, turned the air on and off, passed out materials, picked up materials, cleaned the floors, our microwave, our mini-frig, grabbed our keys, glasses, jackets, when we needed them, we think they could have probably run the room if we weren't there!!! They were an AMAZING group and we will miss them dearly...their 3rd grade teachers are SO lucky to have them next year!!!

Looking back at this year, we have to admit, it was difficult being in one room. BUT we absolutely know in our hearts that our students learned SO much!!! Not only about academics, but how to work together and think of others along the way.
              We could not be prouder of all the progress that each of them made!!!               
 And we LOVE each of them so, so much!♥♥♥

Lastly, it was a different kind of "Last Day" because we had all 2nd graders. Usually our firsties come back to us the next year. So we had to say good-bye to them all...making them promise to still say "Hi" to us in the hall when they are BIG 3rd graders!!!











































2 comments:

  1. You ladies are amazing. I am 100% determined to visit you and your classroom one day VERY soon!

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  2. Ohhhh MEL...we CANNOT wait for the day we get to meet!!! THANK YOU for your kind words. You are our biggest cheerleader and we adore you!!!☺
    XO's
    Victoria & Tricia♥♥♥

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