Saturday, July 28, 2012

First Day Jitters Blog Hop!....and an Awesome Giveaway!

Hello all!  I am so excited about the school year... Yea, I know that means summer is over, but I have learned so much this summer and have grown, so I am excited to to get into my classroom and rock this year.  Are you?

Anyway, I am linking up with Ashley over at Fierce in Fourth for First Day Jitters Blog Hop!  I know that I am just learning how to be a teacher ( a great one), and even though this is my second year, I am jittery again.

1.  I am teaching with a new co teacher.  I loved my last co teacher and she made me feel so awesome.  We worked well together and we learned from each other.  Well, my co teacher moved to another grade.  I am not so worried about the person, but just us being teacher together.  I am all for collaboration, but I don't want to feel that I have to do what you do in your classroom.  And that is my jittery fear number 1.

2.  Implementing 7 Habits.  My school system is implementing 7 Habits as a system wide.  I am excited about implementing the habits as I think they are great for students to learn and grow with, but I am a little nervous about ensuring that I am using them throughout the year and making sure my students know that I am expecting them to as well.

3.  Teaching with the new ideas, curriculum, and all the things in between.  Let's face it, teaching is jittery in itself.  And at times, there are so many ideas that we can't get to, add in new curriculum and the itty bitty things that become large, it's a wonder how we can do it all.  I am a litter jittery about the stress of the first few weeks and the ittly bitty things that follow.

What are you worried about? Don't forget to head over to Fierce in Fourth to check out her blog.

Also guys, check out Katie over at Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans.  She is having a great 500 followers giveaway.  I am hoping to win, but love to share more.  Go over and check her out.



  1. Hi...I just found your blog and am now a follower. I'd love for you to visit my blog and check it out.

  2. Thanks for following... I will check out your blog.

  3. Found you through the newbie blog hop. We have the 7 habits at our school for a few years now. The students are pretty familiar with the language now. I am a new follower.


  4. Found your blog on Pinterest. Can't wait to read more!

    Third Grade in the First State

  5. I'm interested in hearing how the 7 Habits goes! Let us know!

    Your newest follower,
    Kinder Journey

  6. Hi Rachelle! I just found your blog, and I'm excited to see that you are going to be doing the 7 Habits this year! My school just completed the Leader in Me training, so we'll be doing the habits as well! On my blog, my most recent post has an overview of the first three habits, and I'm also having a giveaway for an Erin Condren teacher planner! I'd love it if you stopped by to check it out! :)

    Yay Third Grade

  7. Hi Rachelle! Thanks for linking up to my blog hop!

    What exactly are the 7 habits? I've never heard of them.

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth

    1. Stephan Covey created the 7 Habits and wrote a book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." The book was geared to adults. A principal from North Carolina took the training course on the habits and thought it would be great to adapt it for her school. It took off and thus came the book "The Leader in Me" This book is geared for schools. There are 7 Habits that are taught to the students and the school takes on the atmosphere of the habits. The habits are:
      1. Be Proactive
      2. Begin With the End in Mind
      3. Put First Things First
      4. Think Win Win
      5. Seek First to Understand, then be Understood
      6. Synergize
      7. Sharpen the Saw

      The habits are great because it gives a general language for the entire school. It is rewarding to be on the same page with the entire school. I think it is great. There are many great resources on the internet and pinterest. I will be doing a post on 7 Habits soon. Any more questions, let me know.

  8. I just found your blog through a google search on First Day Jitters. I am now your newest follow. Hope you will stop by and check out my 4th grade blog at

  9. Hi! Found your blog through the hop and would love for you to hop on over and check out my blog when you get a chance. I've heard of the 7 Habits and am motivated to share with my principal.
    Your newest follower,