My name is Melissa and I blog at Lesson Plan SOS.
I am so fortunate to be a member of such a wonderful group of talented teachers and bloggers on this collaborative blog! I am continually amazed to see all the freebies that these ladies are posting and I am just as excited as you to use them in my classroom! I love that this blog will focus on 2nd and 3rd grade content, common core, and cuteness!!!
A little bit about me:
I am entering my 14th year teaching...oh my, does that show my age or what? I like to think that I have accumulated a lot of experience. :) I began my teaching career teaching Kindergarten, taught first grade for 3 years, second grade for 3 years, and now I am currently teaching third grade! I have worked in three different schools over my fourteen years and I am happy to say that I found my "forever school." :) There is not a day that goes by where I question whether or not I am making a difference in the lives of my students. That is a beyond gratifying feeling and that is the reason that keeps my positive attitude day after day in the classroom, despite all the stress with education.
I earned my National Board Certification in 2007 in Generalist/Middle Childhood and know first hand just how rigorous the program is!
This is my mom and I at my district's board meeting where they congratulated all NBCT's!
I live and teach in the suburbs of Chicago! My boyfriend and I have been together for 14 years and he is also a teacher who teaches fourth grade. To say that we have some pretty interesting dinner conversations about PLC's, school/district initiatives, assessments, and direction of education in general is an understatement! :) When I am not teaching, you can find me working out (I ran the Chicago marathon twice and also the San Deigo Rock N' Roll marathon!), playing with my pets, reading, spending time with family and friends (I am an auntie of a newborn baby girl!!), or working on my laptop while watching some sort of reality TV show. We are still waiting to hear back from Amazing Race- we have applied EVERY season that they have casted!!!! Fingers crossed! :)
Now for the first day of school poster freebie...
Since we are all getting ready for our first day of school (teachers included!) I thought this might be a fun idea! All you need to do is print the poster of the grade level you teach. Then, on the first day school, take a picture of your cuties holding up the sign! For an added touch of cuteness, create a fun little photo booth! You can go all out with balloons and all!
Please click HERE to download your first day of school posters for free:
Enjoy the rest of your summer!!!