A Year in a Life

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

Hi! My name is Lily Sooter and this is my first year teaching.  In December, I finished getting my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University and I am now teaching Kindergarten at Hexter Elementary.

In the first six weeks of teaching, I learned so much!  I am so proud of how much my students have already grown.  In kindergarten, just getting used to school routines and expectations is a huge adjustment and I have seen them grow leaps and bounds in that regard.  In my classroom we do daily 5 rotations for reading as well as math stations and this something that my students have been thriving doing and seem to thoroughly enjoy.

Although the year has been going well so far, there are some things that are starting to present themselves as challenges.  At this point in the year, students have taken multiple beginning of the year assessments and it is now time to figure out what intervention every student needs and how to best help them in small group settings.  Figuring out interventions and how to get everyone the help they need and enough of it has been challenging.  Within the next few weeks, I am hoping to get into a better guided reading routine as well as start pulling math small groups.  Small group instruction is where my students are able to really absorb information and get help at the level they need it.  I also want to be able to challenge students who are performing well.  My goal for the second six weeks is to really ramp up my interventions and get a consistent routine into place.  I can’t wait to continue to watch my students learn and grow!

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