Lead Kindergarten Teacher, New York, NY - September 2, 2015
I always have a thorough lesson plan ready to address literacy for the morning periods. We would start out reviewing the calendar and the schedule for the day. We immediately took a "shake break", as the morning meeting is quite long to sit on the rug. We would then do phonics using the Wilson Fundations program, and go directly into our Common Core lesson for the day. I differentiated my schedule, and on some days we would do a follow up writing activity on the CC lesson, or we we go into centers and guided reading. My management was in place where children moved in order to their appropriate centers, using cues and directions on voice level. The hardest part of my job was having several emotionally disturbed students who needed specific and individual attention in order for things to run smoothly. I developed techniques to assist them to be equal members of our class community. The most enjoyable part of my job was working in small groups with my students. They really opened up to me on what they were struggling with and it was a bonding and successful time together. My teaching partner was next door and we would collaborate after school each day,sharing what worked and what could use some changes.