Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Been Awhile...

Hi Friends!... it's been quite awhile since I've posted. Sooo much has happened since the start of the school year that I have to admit, I've been avoiding my blog. It's like when you haven't talked to a good friend in a long time and you know you're going to need an hour long phone conversation to catch up, but you just don't have the time...Well...it's time :)

First of all, I was on strike for 7 days at the beginning of the school year. I'm sure you all heard about the CTU strike in CPS - that was me! It was CRAZY! I had no idea what to expect, but I quickly learned how passionate and dedicated educators truly are. I was honored, inspired, and humbled to be a part of such an amazing group of people! The whole experience was emotionally draining as well as physically exhausting. I was shocked at how much of the media and public are not only anti-union, but anti-teacher. It made me sad - and because of facebook I learned that many people I know and who know me were passionately against the strike...seemingly for no good reason. But, in the end, we won on all the points that really mattered.  

Here's a pic of us during one of the downtown marches. (I'm on the left in the sunglasses - not that that's important!)


Fast forward to last week...one of our teachers left our school rather suddenly (and although I won't go into specifics, I'll say it's a good thing for all parties)...which meant that on Friday, I found out I would be teaching a 1st/ 2nd split starting on Monday (today). WOW - that was some news to get five minutes before picking my kids up from lunch! So, today was my first day with my 11 new firsties - and I have to say, for only 2 days of preparation - it went pretty well! I am hoping in a week or two we will be full swing and on a roll! I am also hoping to be back blogging more regularly :) I'm avoiding looking at my google reader because I know I have over 1,000 unread posts...crazy! 

Does anyone have any advice for teaching a 1/2 split with Everyday Math?!? Would love any suggestions! 





6 comments:

Tammy said...

Sounds like an interesting year so far. Good luck with your new kids!
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

Gillian said...

Hi Friend!
First of all... wow. You have had quite the year so far... but only you, Abby Alley, could conquer this. You are going to do amazing things with those 1st and 2nd graders. I have no advice, just encouragement and respect for what you're doing day to day. xo G :)

Mrs. Anderson said...

I live 3 hours west of you in the Quad Cities and heard lots about the strike. I am so glad you got what you wanted. Good luck on your split class!
Connie Anderson:)
www.welcometfirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

Tamera said...

What a way to start the year! Hope things smooth out quickly.
:)
Tamera
MyHeartBelongsinFirst
Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

Shawna said...

Hi Abby,
I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Shawna
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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