Monday, August 16, 2010

A Day in Photos - First Days & Getting Ready

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Stephanie asked us to take a photo of how we get ready for school. I don't think that this was what she intended, but I decided to show some of what needs to be done before a regular year...

40 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Looks fun! I can see all of your own hardearned money in those displays. :)

I have a question. What are the rules when it comes to blogging with your school? Or whatever district you are in?

I know you don't have the same confidentiality laws that I have, as a social worker, but I've read a lot of articles about teachers and blogs, and was curious about you and Cheeseboy.

Mamma has spoken said...

Looks a lot like what I did last week but had hubby help me.
Is it bad of me to want to give you the signs for the words you spelled out? Also loved your 'g' and 'h' sign. It's backwards to how we sign it here which made it all that more interesting to me.

Natasha said...

So cool! I like your business cards and it's great that you have your kids learn sign language. 5th grade- that's a big step and breathing is important. ;)

You're left handed? I knew there was a(nother) reason you were so awesome!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Love it, thanks for a snapshot (or, rather, a bunch of snapshots) of the other side!

Joan said...

Love the photos! Do you teach your kids sign language? One of the teachers on our other team is getting a deaf student and she/he will have a Ta with him.

Amy said...

I love those photos! It gave me the goosebumps just thinking about starting a new school year. Thanks for sharing and I hope your start is awesome!

M-Cat said...

I so wish that my boys would have had teachers like you. We got lucky most years, but your photos speak volumes about how you prepare and the experience your students are likely to have.

Anonymous said...

What a handsome young man in front of a nice looking front door. I wish I could go back to school. Maybe someday,
mc

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love it when you do “A Day in Photos”. It must be so exciting getting ready even though it’s hard/time-consuming work. I love your classroom. The propeller rocks!!! What’s the No Talking & 6 Inch Voices-Move from seat if necessary?

Do you blog as frequent during the school year? I guess I’ll find out.

That Girl said...

I so totally want to go back to school now.

Rachel said...

Hey MC!! You recognized your porch and door. :) Did you catch us today? Sneaky weren't we?

Personally, I think you should have showed photos of your totally hot assistant's.

Mr. A and Mr. M of course. ;) Who did you think I meant??

Stef said...

Okay, so I loved this post. Really liked that sign language wall. You are a great teacher. I can just tell by how much you blog about your class and students. Good luck this year!
(Love the photos BTW, but I can't figure out how you took them...wink)

4evermyboys.... said...

Looks like your almost ready for school to start....how exciting!! :)

BUT I'm still trying to figure out how you take some of your pics. Either you have some help or your a camera magician. Most likely both....:)

Teachinfourth said...

K - Not using students' names along with their photos or images without permission from their parents.

N - Being a southpaw has it's draws, doesn't it?

J - Yes, I teach them basic sign. They like it, and I really should do a lot more.

Y - The propeller used to be my grandpa's. As for the 'warnings' they go with the traffic light in my classroom. The class president decides just when he (or she) thinks they need to switch up the light when the class is getting too loud.

S & C - The photos were all (with the exception of the last three) taken with a tripod and self-timer. I usually compose the shot and then get into it. It's a lot of work to do A Day in Photos, but it's fun, too.

Carrie Stuart said...

I loved this post! I'm getting excited for the first day, too. We have 2 more weeks.

2 of my 4 kiddos are lefties...and they are awesome! It must come with the territory.

I am so sad elementary school is behind us. My youngest had a most awesome 5th grade teacher last year, too. I've just come to realize I'm philosophically opposed to middle school. I wish we had a K-8 here.

Sweet supplies...there's just something about new colored pencils, isn't there?

Here's to another great school year!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I am impressed!. Wow, u really go all out.. btw, do u have to strip down your walls every summer? The teachers I use to work w/would ask me to help them strip their walls for the summer.. So, will this be your semester of the 'challenge' students?

tiburon said...

Cannot WAIT til Mr. Z shows up at my door.

3 more days...

Connie said...

Wouldn't it be nice if a teacher's day was only 8 to 3? So much out of class and in-class after school work goes on. Your classroom is awesome! Love the sign language to welcome the students. Love the 6 inch Voice and love that you visit your students! Good luck and have fun. (I'm sure your students will.)

tammy said...

I really want to be in your class this year.

Stace said...

love your photos, z. you almost make me want to be a teacher. almost.

T said...

and THIS right here... THIS is the best argument ever that teachers are sorely underpaid.

Jess said...

Hey you have Ho'ola this year! =D He's and awsome kid. I remember you teaching us how to do sunsets anethem. I still remember some parts of it... Have a fun time this year!
P.S. Love that door...
wonder whos it is...> ^_~

jayniemoon said...

you just made me sort of "school-sick" if that is the way of saying home-sick for those hard working days. Thanks for what you do Jason.

jayniemoon said...

p.s. I really like those pictures.

Leigha said...

I just found your blog through Tiburon's blog. I lived in Huntsville, UT about 13 years ago. Loved the area. I consider myself a native to Colorado, but mountains are mountains. I live in Kansas City now, and there are certainly no mountains around here.

While I am quite famous for never commenting, I wanted to let you know I am enjoying your writing and photography. Next time I'm in SLC I certainly hope there will be a blogger lunch I can crash.

-Leigha

Jenny said...

This is simply lovely. Found you via Nie Nie's post on BlogHer :)

Shauna_Rae said...

LOVE your photos. I just love a series of photos that tell a story. I still want to do a Day in the Life like you did in a much earlier post. Someday I will do it!

Have an awesome school year!!!

Vanessa said...

I am nervous for my oldest to start 5th grade. Too bad we don't live a little closer, you are a wonderful teacher...or so I have heard.

I am having a little anxiety for you. But, I always do this time of year.

Cheeseboy said...

Oh how I love and hate these days at the same time.

Ally said...

These photos are so amazing. It reminds me of my mom when she would prepare her room for fourth grade every year for 20 years while I was growing up. You're such an awesome teacher - super cool and creative it seems like :)

Richard & Natalie said...

Looks like a lot of work, but I know your students and esp. their parents appreciate every minute of it.

PS- If I recall correctly you only had 1 hot assistant. I remember the other being really cold... ;)

Jenny said...

Visiting your students with all the other things you must do to be ready for the first day of school. Well, you just Rock!

Just SO said...

I love that you take the time to do the A day in photo's posts. And I'm wondering what a six in voice is now.

Teachinfourth said...

S - It's a voice which can only be heard from six inches away…if I can hear it from across the room, it isn't a six inch voice.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Seriously, that was so much fun! Maybe I wasn't the one moving the desks around? :D

I bet you are one awesome teacher!

Kathy V said...

I know how much work it is for a teacher to get ready for school. I'm impressed by your generosity to spend the extra time to document your day.

Sarah said...

Seriously? I'm looking at this post and getting all teary. Stupid? Yup. But I'm typing through bleary eyes nonetheless.

I drove to my son's school to meet his teacher and get comfy with the school 3 days before school started and I thought I was at the wrong classroom when I walked up to it. The room was dark.
There was a huge jumble of desks and chairs in the center of the room.
The names on the cubbies were from last year - I recognized them.

I was sad.

So it's nice to know that some teachers care. That YOU care.

Yup, it's nice.

And you are one of my favorite 3 bloggers. Just fyi.

*smiles*

Shannon said...

I seriously wish I had had a 5th grade teacher as incredible as you.

Miss Natz said...

I love this, I'm a teacher in the UK and we go back to school next week. Teachers are in for 2 training days Wednesday and Thursday, and the kids come back at staggered times on the Friday. I work at a Secondary (Middle and High) School and if anyone has any questions about education in the UK, please let me know.

Camille said...

Awesome pictures! With my mom working as an educator and now my oldest enrolled in Kindergarten, I can definitely appreciate all that goes into getting ready for back to school. Loved this post!! Good luck this year - i can imagine your kids love having you as their teacher!

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