I'm your typical nerdy teacher who, even though school is out, spends the entire summer planning, plotting, shopping, and coniving for the next year. The thing I'm most excited about are my thrift store finds! I found a really nice wooden rocking chair for $20 and a ladybug bean bag for $3!:2up: I'm excited about changes as well! This year I've changed my whole room setup and will be revamping some of my teaching as well. I'm going to have students complete a laminated form for morning work that is a mini version of our calendar area. They will use Vis-a-Vis markers to complete it every morning and will take it to calendar to check their work. I am also going to try Writing Folders and will attempt my own version of Writing Workshop/6 +1. I've created an editing checklist that is 1st grade friendly and bought a few pairs of funky glasses for the kids to wear when they are editing their writing. I'm pretty pleased with the way my reading went last year, but I will be changing the centers. I felt like there was more playing than actual learning during that time. I'm also going to try to do more of a math workshop as well. My room is practically ready and school doesn't even start back for me (not the kids) until Aug. 18th. But.....I'm not ready for the kids to come back yet. My summer has flown by. We've got a new superintendent, a new principal, many changes occuring within the school, AND I'm working on my National Boards. My boss has told me that I am now the grade level rep as well as being on the SACS committee. AHHHH! I'm stressed and school hasn't even started. Do you feel the same?