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It's official! I am finally a teacher!!

post #1 of 27
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It's taken me forever to get to this day...I got a call from the district I graduated high school from and I was offered a job...I am going to teach 3rd grade this coming school year!!! WOO HOOO!!!!!!! I am so happy! I am finally a teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #2 of 27

3rd grade, what an awesome grade to teach!

I bet you are just on cloud nine right now, aren't you!? I know I would be too!
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post #4 of 27
Congradulations! Well done!
post #5 of 27
Congratulations Candie! I know how hard you've worked for this day to come, and I'm so proud of you! Good luck teaching next year!!
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post #7 of 27
Nice job
post #8 of 27
Congrats! 3rd grade is so fun!
post #9 of 27
That's awesome, Candie! Congratulations!
post #10 of 27
This is super, Candie!!! Congratulations!
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post #12 of 27
Congratulations Candie!! you should be so proud of your achievement!
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post #14 of 27
Congrats!! You will be a great teacher!!
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I am off to HR in about an hour to fill out my contract and get all the paperwork taken care of!!
post #16 of 27
Congratulations, Candie!

You've worked so hard for this and totally deserve this great opportunity! You're going to be an amazing teacher!
post #17 of 27
Woo hoo!!! Congrats It's great that you are doing something that you love!!!
post #18 of 27
Teachers are so important think of the lives you will touch...CONGRATS!!!
post #19 of 27
Hooray for you!!!
post #20 of 27
Yea!!!!!!! Congrads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #22 of 27
Congratulations Candie!! You've worked so hard for this. Good Luck!!!!
post #23 of 27
Candie, how exciting for you. Congratulations!
post #24 of 27
Good for you! I too am a teacher...I'm going into my 5th year. I teach in a special education school for children with moderate/severe/profound disabilities...my group this year will be 2nd and 3rd grade severely autistic children. I'm used to teaching 10-15 year-olds, so this will be a change for me!

I think 3rd graders will be a blast, don't you?

I remember the excitement I felt when I landed my first teaching position...it's the best feeling! Here's some advice to help you start your first year:

1. Make some folders/files/binders of organizational stuff NOW...this will help keep you from getting too behind (being partially behind is a fact of life for a teacher):
*A file of spelling lists and units; make multiple copies...3rd graders lose their lists constantly!
*A file of daily brain-teasers or problem-solving activities to do each day.
*A file of cursive activities and lessons...kids LOVE learning cursive writing.
*A file of multiplication games and activities...these are great for small group activities. I love "Times Tables -The Fun Way"...it's a cheap program, and each multiplication fact is presented as a story, or a rap...great strategies!
*Geography/social studies games..."Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" or "Jeopardy" are fun to create and develop.
*Make a substitute folder...include schedules (for recess, gym, art, music, library, lunch times, speech schedules [if you have children who receive such services], a packet of "down-time activities" [in case of indoor recess, or some down-time occurs], your behavior management plan, paper for the sub to jot down notes, a list of where things are located, etc.
*Think about how you're going to manage and handle inappropriate behavior now! Create a list of expectations, consequences, and a set of classroom rules for your children. It's never too early to begin planning hallway expectations, opening procedures, etc.
*Ask your administrator if you're required to have a mentor...if it's not required, befriend a teacher that will be open to sharing and helping you along the first few months.
*Read Harry Wong's "The First Day of School." It's a wonderful book for teachers, and discusses specific classroom procedures, and ways to organize and deal with the first few months. PM me if you're interested...I have a copy, and I also have the Times Tables the Fun Way materials (which I'm not using...my students now are too low-functioning)...I'd be happy to send them to you!

Good luck, and congrats. Let me know if I can help in any way!
post #25 of 27
Candie, you are getting all you deserve.......CONGRATS!!!
post #26 of 27
, Candie! Your dream has come true!
post #27 of 27
That is very nice. Congrats!!!
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