Mrs. Davis goes to Dubai!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A lot of changes have happened this school year!

In February of 2018, my husband and I decided we were ready for a change - a BIG one!
We began looking for jobs overseas - especially looking at countries in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait).

After two and a half months of submitting dozens of applications and going through 10+ interviews, I was offered a wonderful position at the American School of Dubai!

I sadly said goodbye to Pike Road Elementary School and packed up my classroom and our home and put everything in 2 big storage units.

My classroom is all packed up!

On August 11, we made our long 18 hour flight journey from Atlanta to Dubai (with a layover in London). We landed at midnight and were greeted in the airport by my new principal (how nice!) and he drove us to our new school-provided apartment. 
Atlanta Airport

We had a 2 week introduction to our new town and new school that allowed Ryan and I to slowly adjust to our new normal. Our days were filled with meetings and lots of shopping! 
Touring the Mosque

The new 18-19 ASD faculty members

The school provided us with a "settling in" allowance in order to purchase our home furnishings and take care of things like getting internet and cell phones set up.
Our new master bedroom

Along with getting familiar with things at school and home, I also set up my new classroom. We are provided with SO many resources at ASD and getting my room ready was a breeze! School started on August 29 and I was excitedly greeted by 18 happy first graders. 

Getting to know Mrs. Davis

Monday, February 26, 2018

Here are some photos of Mrs. Davis doing what I love - teaching students, training other teachers, and getting deeper into the field of education.

Math Stations

Each week, we do a variety of skill-based math stations. We rotate through a series of five-six stations per week.
I try to include 3-4 skill based stations, 1 review station, 1 iPad station (we use Front Row, XTRA math, and Sum Dog for math review and practice), and 1 "Meet with Me" station.
We try to do 1-2 math stations per day. I make sure to meet with all students at least twice a week.
This week, our focus skill is on time. In second grade, they have to be able to read digital and analog clocks, know the difference between AM and PM, and be able to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.
Here are our stations this week:
1) One station is a double and triple digit subtraction with regrouping station
2) Station #3 is "What does the clock say?" A fun QR code self-checking time game. It can be purchased here
3) Time after Time game is a fun partner board game. It can be purchased here
4) "Time Match" are some fun time puzzles that kids put together, and then use a paper to document their matches. It can be purchased from Brown Bag Teacher's second grade math stations file - purchased here (great purchase!)

I organize my station rotations using a google doc. I use pictures so the learners can easily see where they are and where to go next.
I love doing math stations each week, but it takes a lot of planning and preparation. It pays off so well when I see the children excited and engaged each day in their math work!

Meet Your Teacher

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hi Parents!
Welcome to our 2017-2018 School year. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children! Its going to be the best 2nd grade year!

Mrs. Davis

Metamorphosis Projects

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This week, we have been working hard to show our 3D models of the life cycle of the butterfly, including the process of metamorphosis. The children did a super job creating the projects in many varied ways and presenting them to their peers.