Friday, July 31, 2015

We Challenge You: Turn Your BELIEFS into ACTIONS!

A sweet blogger friend of mine, Soney from Sunny Days in School, mentioned to me that With Love From Texas is hosting an education beliefs blog hop and I am excited to share with you my beliefs.  I know this blog post will take me no time at all to compose, because I know exactly why I do what I do. 

...or so I thought!

As I struggled to put my beliefs into words, it became clear I had not clearly articulated my beliefs since the educational philosophy essays I wrote during college. Now, after a great deal of brainstorming, soul searching, and revision, I am finally sure I can express them perfectly.  Without further ado, these are the education beliefs you will see in action when you visit my classroom:

This has been more of a challenge than I originally anticipated, but I am so glad I took the time to complete it, as it has enabled me to step back and focus on the upcoming school year.  I printed this poster and plan to hang it on my desk at school as a constant reminder of my beliefs, so I can stay focused on what is important to me and remember to put my students and their education first.

What are some of your education beliefs?  Let me hear them in your comments below and then hop on over to Keeping Life Creative to read her beliefs about reading education.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

All about this Kinder Teacher - Kinder Tribe Linky

My first blog post! I am so excited to bring you great content from my experiences teaching Deaf/Hard of hearing students. My goal with this blog is to share with you language-rich activities you can do with any student, iPad activities you can use at home or in your classroom to promote language, and connecting with other teachers to share ideas.

I will start by introducing myself in the best way of all: the Kinder Tribe Linky Party!

 My name is Ashleigh and this will be my 4th year teaching, but only my 2nd year teaching in kindergarten.  Prior to Kinder, I taught 4 year old Deaf/Hard of hearing students, and before that - I taught in a preschool program for children with disabilities.  

I can't live without my friends, my family, and the gym.  I love the Crossfit culture and enjoy the community that comes along with it.  

My favoite school supplies are Flair Pens, my Erin Condren Teacher Planner, and the classroom set of iPads I received through a grant!  

Since I teach kinder, I read lots of good picture books and which ones are better than Pete the Cat and the Gerald and Piggie series?  They offer so many opportunities for authentic language!

Greg, from Kindergarten Smorgasboard, is one of my favorite kinder bloggers and I was so honored that he joined me on Instagram with #passionateperiscopeteachers!  Check it out and join us!!

Finally, I love kindergarten because it is such a crucial year/age for language development and watching my students language growth is truly heart warming!  It can be tough some days - but TOTALLY worth it in the end.  Also, I have wanted to teach kindergarten since the day I decided to be a teacher.  My kindergarten teacher was the greatest teacher I ever had and I have such great memories from her class.  I want my students to remember our class like I remember my own kindergarten class.

This turned into a lengthy first post, but I was so excited to share with you!  I can't wait to connect again soon!  Before I leave, I ask that each of you tell me what content you would like to see on my blog! Leave your comments for me and I'll work to bring you what you want.

Thanks for reading!