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Mobile Office: Getting Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

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To start off 2016 I had a challenge to start getting into classrooms more while still having ‘balance’ between school and home.  I love being in classrooms, however I also love having time away from work at night so I can focus on being a better mom and wife this year.  So that is where mobile office comes into play.  This week I have had ‘office hours’ in  6 different classrooms.

Some of the office duties included:

  • Reviewing Minnesota State Standards while watching students identify #’s 6-10 during independent work.
  • Reading an article on Development Play skills while enjoying a music lesson in our preK classroom.
  • Writing up a coding class proposal while learning about new app’s on the iPad from a friend in the Blue Otter classroom.
  • Checking and responding to email while supporting a few students in finishing up color matching activities.
  • Helping students get organized for independent writing.

What I have learned so far:

  • Students now know that even adults have work to do :)
  • I am borrowing a lot of ideas for proactive behavior strategies that I can use when I start teach coding class.
  • I am not overwhelmed when I come back into the office in answering emails/etc.  as I can keep tabs on them while in classrooms.
  • Teachers like having an extra hand on deck to help support students who might need a little extra help.
  • I can get many more tweets out sharing our school day when immersed in the classrooms.

This year my #oneword was BETTER-which is fitting as I am learning new ways to have BETTER balance between the responsibilities of school and home-while have a total blast in classrooms.

Keep Thinking Big for our Littlest Learners!

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Jessica has been the Principal of the Woodson Kindergarten Center for the past four years.  Prior to that she was the Assistant Principal at the Middle School and Special Education Supervisor at the Secondary Level for the Austin Public Schools in Austin MN.  Prior to moving to Austin she worked within the Saint Paul Public Schools for seven years.  She received a Bachelors in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, a Masters Degree in Special Education from Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul MN, and her Director of Special Education and Principalship licenses from Hamline University.  


 

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