Last week, I went to my very first professional development training seminar!
It was for the FLKRS = Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener.
Like the name suggests, it basically tests each Kindergarten student on how ready they are to start Kindergarten based on their prior knowledge. Not only does it allow the teacher to understand what level each student is operating on, but it also helps grade the VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) program they completed. Over a period of 30 days, the teacher must observe, note, and rate each student on letter recognition, specific phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and 19 additional benchmarks (with 3 different “indicators” each). It’s a lot…
Anyway, I thought the seminar would be all day (8:30 – 3:30 pm) but the people who ran it had a different idea. We ended up leaving at 11 am.. It was nice getting out early, but they skipped over a LOT of slides in the powerpoint and talked pretty fast as well. I took notes like crazy because I was the only Kindergarten teacher to go from my school since Miss P and Miss G was still working full time and couldn’t make it on such short notice. Thankfully I wasn’t alone from my school though. The reading specialist and media specialist were with me.
Overall, I’m very glad I went to the seminar. I got ideas on how to incorporate all the observations into lessons and I’ll feel more confident when it comes time to completing it. I also get 4 professional development points that go towards renewing my state teaching certification.
In other news… I STILL haven’t seen my classroom! I have a feeling that I won’t be able to see it until I start officially reporting to work on the 16th… I also found out that I’ll be getting a $100 voucher to spend at a specific teacher supply store starting on the 16th along with the rest of my co-workers. I wish we could spend the money anywhere so that it wouldn’t be such a mad rush with limited quantities. Sigh… We’ll see how it goes…
Today’s Silver Lining: I got a free pair of underwear at Victoria Secret today! It’s sometimes the little things that make me smile! =D