Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Winners, Some News, and Questions for you!

I'll drop the winners name first :)

Congrats to.....

Lori (Teaching With Love and Laughter)
 and
Sara S. (Smiling In Second Grade)

Lori check your email and Sara S. please email me yours ASAP
todayinfirstgradeblog@gmail.com :)


Onto the news...

Well, I'm leaving my school. Yep, not teaching, just my school. In fact I have already accepted a new position at a new school in a new district. It's even a 1st grade spot!! And to be honest I am SUPER excited. A little nervous (new demographic, WAY more parent involvement, etc...) but very excited.

I loved my school, but the district honestly drove me crazy. Do you all have the huge problem with teachers being kept as "temporary" for, what sees like FOREVER? I did. It was nuts! Every February I would begin my hunt for a new job and become continuously stressed, because the district was dragging their feet and wouldn't let temporary teachers know that they were being rehired until the last teacher work day (last year I had my whole room packed and back at my house... I mean EMPTY! When they let me know I could come back... arg!)

So I've had enough. I am a good teacher and I work my BUTT off for them. That should be recognized right? Not with more money or benefits, but just a little job security. So,  I applied to a bunch a different districts and found one that was offering PROBATIONARY! Unheard of for them to just outright give it up!!! I got the interview and the job offer :)

So I'm movin' on... I know that doesn't mean I have it all, but at least I am a step closer to finding my spot :)

If you read through, thanks :) I needed to share!

Onto the questions...

Does anyone know where to find a tutorial for these giant tissue paper balls from School Girl Style?
I searched her site, but I just can't find it and I tried Martha's tutorial.... yikes!

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Have any of you tried white board paint or magnetic paint from Home Depot? How magnetic is magnetic? Does that white board paint work or should I go for the shower board?


A new room to decorate... so excited!Tons of ideas rolling around :)

We only have 3 days left and now I'm packing like a mad women, so there hasn't been a ton to take pics of, but next week is all F.U.N. and I'll fill you in with them pics soon enough!

See you soon!



8 comments:

Jessica Stanford said...

I just saw sara at http://kentuckykindergartenkorner.blogspot.com/2012/05/pom-pom-tutorial.html do a tutorial!!

Blessings,

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog is having a giveaway!
My TpT Store

Samantha said...

HI Melissa!

I tried the whiteboard paint and it was not wipable. Is that even a word? It definitely did not erase completely. I gave up on it. It was too expensive to try again. And very labor intensive! I would go with the shower board. Much cheaper for sure, just more labor intensive if you are putting it up. But Lowe's and HD will cut it for free if you tell them you are a teacher.
The chalkboard paint is fabulous, that really works. I have never used the magnetic paint, but I have seen others use it. Hope this helps!

Samantha
Ms.Smarty Pants

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Congrats on the new position!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Lori Rosenberg said...

I am so incredibly excited to have own your giveaway! Thanks, again, for the opportunity. And, good luck to you in your new position. I sincerely hope you find the stability you deserve!

Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Sheree Peterson said...

Congrats on the new position. I hope you find some security!
Petersons-Pad

Lori said...

Congrats on the new job! Hopefully this one will fit just right and you will love it. :)
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

The Hands-On Teacher said...

Congratulations on the new job! I hope it is wonderful for you! Getting a new room to decorate is ALWAYS fun!
I've been in the same room for 5 years now, and I gotta tell you, I'm jealous you get to start all over in a new one! lol

~Marie

Kristina Armstrong said...

The magnetic paint is magnetic if you put enough layers on. I did about 3 and that seemed to work well with those little magnetic letters the kids play with. I also did shower board and it worked really well. I even cut it myself on my husbands big saw (not recommended if you are afraid of the big saw like I was and almost lost a few fingers so I would ask the guys at HD or Lowes as they are not afraid of losing any fingers)