Taking a Moment to Pause and Give Thanks

First of all, I hope everyone had a very happy thanksgiving that involved a lot of good food and time with the people you love!

Second of all, I wanted to take a moment from my busy Sunday night to pause and give thanks. For some reason, I always manage to bring piles of work home on the weekend and it ends up untouched until very late on a Sunday night!  I knew I could brush off my blogging for another day, but I felt that I should post.

Thank you to all of our blog supporters! Melody and I started this blog in January of this year. We are reaching our 1 year blogiversary in a little over a month! I admit that it’s been hard keeping up with blogging after moving to Singapore and starting at a new school. I know Melody has been super busy as well with her new job! However, we are thankful for all of your continued support. Thank you to all of you who subscribe by e-mail(49 people),  like us on facebook (209 people), leave comments and support us! We are so thankful for all the thousands of people from literally all over the world who have stopped by.  Take a look at the clustermap. Plus, we’ve had 18,272 hits on our blog page! Hopefully we can reach the 1 million mark in the near future! 😉





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the dream team

Imagine being part of a team of 13 talented teachers, with years of experience in different  grade levels and subject areas. Imagine being part of a team that meets weekly, collaborates, shares ideas and resources, looks at student work and delegates effectively the million and one things we need to get done.

At first, I had no idea what to expect. I couldn’t really imagine how a team so big could function effectively together. All the schools I’ve worked at before, I had been part of small grade level teams. I was one out of two fifth grade teachers last year. This year, I am one of 13 fifth grade teachers in my school. We have 22 students in each class. If you do the math, that is 286 students in one grade level.

I love that all of our classrooms are all the same floor and we are a few steps away from our colleagues classrooms. I love that I can walk into any of the classrooms and have colleagues that are excited to share with me the work they do. I  love that I’m growing so much as a teacher by being part of this team. I love that we are passionate about what we do.

After four months of being part of this team, I can confidently say that we are a dream team. We work hard, we collaborate, we push each other to become better at our profession, and we have fun. As thanksgiving is around the corner, I know that one of the things I’m incredibly thankful for is our dream team of fifth grade teachers, making a difference in the lives of our students, one day at a time.

What are you thankful for this year?