Filed Under (general) by Lee Kolbert on 15-08-2010

I’m SO excited that a new school year is about to begin. Last year was my first year back in the classroom after working as a district administrator for 5 years. I taught elementary school for 20 years prior to that. As a matter of fact, for 3 of those years, I was right here at this very same school! So, I left the classroom and worked on special technology projects with the grown-ups in our district and was making lots more money,  so why did I return to teaching? Because I really missed the kids!

And it was a GREAT decision. I LOVED being back in the classroom last year and I am really looking forward to an even better year this year. One of the things I loved was how interesting each of my students were. It takes a little while to get to know everyone but I really loved learning about each and every one.

Sometimes, the first few days of school can be nerve-wracking. We tend to worry about what the expectations are and what others will think of us. I know when I meet someone new, I hope they will understand that sometimes I ask a lot of questions and repeat myself and it’s not because I’m trying to be rude but because I am curious or maybe I didn’t understand something.

What are some things you would like people to understand about you when you meet them for the first time? Please respond by clicking “Post a Comment” below. Your comment will not be seen by others until I approve it. If you are under 13, please:

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I am looking forward to reading your response and learning about you. I have a feeling we’ll be learning a lot from each other.

Mrs. Kolbert

Filed Under (blogging, general) by Lee Kolbert on 03-06-2010

Today is the last day of school and what a great year it’s been! My students brought me many gifts this year. The spontaneous cards and posters they created and many very generous gift cards and candles, mugs, beach bags and other items that I truly love. I recognize that, unlike many deserving teachers in the world, I’m very lucky to teach in such an affluent, generous and highly supportive community.

Then there were other gifts that didn’t come in colorful bags with tissue paper. Those were the gifts that showed me my students were learning and that they wanted to learn more. The gifts of interest, growth, kindness and eagerness. These are the gifts that teachers value the most; like when we recognize that we’ve reached our students in some special way.

Alayna surprised me with a lovely gift today. She brought me this video she created that was inspired by some recent projects we created in class. She said it only took her about an hour to create from start to finish but I think it must have taken her much, much longer. She did an awesome job and we all loved watching it in class. It’s the perfect digital send-off for our class blog. Enjoy!