“If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you“
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Welcome to my Blog
I have been creating effective, educational resources for the classroom my entire career. In 2006, I was a first-year teacher hired to teach a bilingual, first-grade class. Then two weeks into the school year, I was told I was going to be moved to an English, Kindergarten class instead. I was told that my position was going to be given to a teacher with more seniority than me that had her class shut down for only having 5 kids enrolled in it. Needless to say, I was shocked and I was devastated. Saying goodbye to my students was heartbreaking. I spent a lot of time crying while packing up my class, setting up the new class, and getting very little sleep in between. It was a very, lonely time for me.
However, those feelings were quickly replaced with a panic for my lack of quality, standards-based, teaching materials in English for a whole new grade level. Because all of my student-teaching positions were in bilingual classrooms, my file cabinet for my new English classroom was completely empty. I wanted fun, standards-based materials, but I had already spent my ENTIRE budget on starting up that Spanish, first-grade classroom. So I had absolutely no money leftover to invest in my new class for several months to come. This is how my teacherpreneur journey began. I had to learn to be creative, savvy, and efficient. I couldn’t buy anything new so I had to make it all myself.
Fast forward to the Fall of 2012. My file cabinet and personal computer are full of helpful, original resources that I authored and I know are successful. That year, I read about a website called Teachers Pay Teachers, where teachers can make money by selling their original, teaching resources online. While I loved the idea of making myself some extra money, I loved the idea of helping new teachers during a vulnerable time in their career even more. This blog is dedicated to that time period in a teacher’s life where they need some extra support. They have the intuition that they can be doing more, but cant yet or don’t know how, and need a boost from someone with more experience.
I’ve been teaching English, Kindergarten for 12 years now and I love it! I feel that I have a lot of knowledge to share and I want to do my part in honor of that lonely, first-year teacher I used to be who needed guidance and encouragement from anyone willing to give it. Let the blogging journey begin.
-Miss Campos, 2018”
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For the last three school years, I have been using math tool kits in my kindergarten classroom. It is a game changer. I love using math manipulatives such as bears, unifix cuves, linker cubes, tiles, paper clips, popsicle sticks, counters, number lines, etc. However, managing all of them was so clumsy, messy, and just not […]