My favorite things: I'm loving powerpoint so much this year. Since reading teacher blogs and seeing all the amazing things people have created, and especially after learning that Kristen uses powerpoint for all of her beautiful things she creates, I started fiddling with it some more and have really found that it is an incredible tool to use!
The fun fonts lend themselves to that too. I love finding new, fun, FREE fonts to spice up the things I make!
And I already feel like I really belong at my school, even after only being there two weeks now. The reading teacher mentioned in a staff meeting that she loved the way I was starting to teach root words to my kids (which is a new school-wide endeavor for my building this year) and asked ME to be the guinea pig to have my class create a display for the reading teachers' bulletin board in the hallway - and in time for open house tomorrow too! Hehe. I can't stress enough just HOW MUCH happier the beginning of this school year feels compared to last year. SO MUCH HAPPINESS. Even amidst still feeling like I'm trying to get my feet on the ground as far as lesson planning and expectations of what my students can do. But I just have to remind myself to keep breathing, keep working at it, and NOT to stress too much. It will all come in time. :)