New School Year

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Forest Green

The new school year is fast approaching and with it comes a great deal of excitement (and a few nerves) as I am starting three new jobs.  I will be teaching grade five Language Arts and Social Studies, heading up the SNAP program and taking on some Special Education Coordinator duties as well.

  1. I am thinking it looks great! I really hope you can keep it up throughout the year because you have some brilliant ideas about education that need to be shared 🙂 Looking forward to what you do!

  2. Sounds like you’re going to have a very busy year! I’m sure that it will be a great one! I’m glad that you’ve started blogging, and I hope that you blog throughout the year to let us know what’s happening at your school.

    Have a wonderful start to school!

  3. alford300 says:

    Good luck! I am sure you will have an awesome year!

  4. Derek Braman says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about how things go. You will do awesome in all three positions. Teaching 5th graders is an awesome experience, you are in for a blast of a year!

  5. Barbara,
    Welcome to the Bloggersphere. Looking forward to reading about your new jobs. Let me know if you would like to connect your 5th graders with one of my 5th grade classes here in Florida/USA. They are embarking on individual student blogs as well as a classroom Twitter account.

    Have a great start of school.
    aka langwitches

    • bkari says:

      Thanks, Silvia. Connecting with your grade 5s sounds like an awesome idea. Have you done this before? I am starting at square one and so might some of my students!

  6. Alan Stange says:

    Enjoy your blogging, I have found the experience illuminating. It sounds like you are departmentalizing your middle elementary grades. There is only a small amount of that in my school in Moose Jaw. I teach a grade five-six split this year.

  7. Welcome to blogging! It’s an incredible way of reflecting on your teaching, and a great way to communicate with other educators!

    Sounds like a busy year ahead of you! I love the idea of the SNAP program, and I would love to hear more about it!

    Best of luck in the coming year!

  8. Marisa Pavan says:

    Hi Barbara!

    It’s great that you’ve started blogging! I wish you the best start of your new duties.
    regards from Argentina,
    Marisa (@Mtranslator)

  9. Hey Barbara,

    From one language arts/social studies teacher to another, welcome to the blogosphere! The more you invest in writing and reflecting here, the more you’ll improve as an educator.

    Not sure if they’ll help you or not, but I included a TON of handouts for teaching language arts skills like collaborative dialogue and persuasion in a book I wrote recently. All of the handouts are available for free here:

    Maybe you’ll find something you can use—and I’ll be the first example of how connecting with a digital learning network can pay dividends!

    Rock on,

    Thanks for including that link in your post, Bill. I haven’t had a chance to look through everything, but I have already found a couple of things I will use. Awesome!

    • I can definitely identify with both your excitement and nerves this year. My assignments have changed too. I feel the changes have made it difficult for me to concentrate on the beginning of the year stuff.

  10. Bryan says:

    Hey, I’m sure you will do a GREAT job! Once the year starts and you get in the swing of things the nerves will go away. One way to rid the nerves is to be extremely prepared for each day (less worries, trust me).

    Take Care,


  11. Julie says:

    Welcome to blogging! You are a good example to me and to many others. I am learning about PLNs and blogging more is top on my list right now. I, too, am being asked to take on more and varied duties in my role as literacy specialist. Additional grade levels, RtI growth, intervention, 21st century skills, reciprocal teaching, tiered intervention, differentiated instruction, formative assessmet….the exhiliration begins!

  12. Annikssa says:

    Good luck, do your work with love, and everything will be easy. Teaching is the best.

  13. Bob says:

    Find some good quality time for yourself. Relax, meditate, some yoga and eat good foods. All these will help with all the school stress you have and will leave you time to work on your digital connections with a clear creative mind! Have a great year!

  14. Doris says:

    Hey Barbara, sounds like you got a lot going on! Glad your blogging!

  15. Barbara, Wishing you the best for your new school year. From reading your resume, I see you spent six year in California. I’m in San Antonio Texas now but did spend the first 30 some years of my life in CA. Raised in Paso Robles, Attended Pepperdine (in the olden day they were at 79th and Vermont in LA) now at beautiful Malibu. Good luck with your blogging and building a PLN (professional learning network). I am so energized by my peers through their bolgs and tweets. Here’s looking for the same to happen for you.

    • bkari says:

      Thank you, Rich. I haven’t been to Paso Robles (some good wine country around there!), but was in San Luis Obispo several times. A friend of mine just finished her PhD at Pepperdine! I did some editing for her thesis and really enjoyed it. Now my husband wants me to go there:) I really appreciate your looking at my eportfolio.

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