A Year in a Life Blog Post 3

Join the Teacher Excellence Team as we follow two Dallas ISD teachers throughout the 2018-2019 school year. We will highlight their challenges, celebrate successes, and walk with them as they support our students. Please visit regularly for updates on their journey.

Lillian Sooter, Kindergarten Teacher at Hexter Elementary

It seems like this year has flown by! We have almost made it to the final six weeks of the school year, and I feel as if I have grown immensely both as an educator and a person this year. At some points in the beginning of the year, it seemed as if this home stretch moment would never arrive, but now that it’s here, I am focusing on doing everything I can to give my students the final push that will prepare them for the end of the year testing as well as success in first grade.

Now that students know the routine of school and have been exposed to most of the academic content for the year, my expectations of the students’ academic performance is starting to increase. I want to see them producing content that shows me that are ready for first grade not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.

Kindergarten takes a test towards the end of the school year called Terranova. At such a young age, I try not to hound them with test preparation, but as the teacher I make sure that I have covered all the content that will be on the test more than once and that students are used to the expectations that come along with an assessment such as not blurting out answers, only bubbling in one answer choice, and doing their own work.

Now that I have a year of teaching under my belt, I am beginning to assess the things that went well this year and the things I need to improve upon. I am hoping that this summer I can improve my classroom and attend some professional developments that will enhance my teaching. Some areas I want to focus on and would love to attend professional development sessions about include guided reading, phonics instruction, and guided math. I am looking forward to rounding the bases on this school year and having a clearer of picture of what my year should look like next year!

Click here to watch Ms. Sooter’s Classroom Lesson