Just thinking about how much I struggled my first year teaching makes me wish that I had a teacher who just told me “you do things like this… X, Y, Z”. Thinking back on it, I don’t even think that I knew I was struggling. I thought that was just the way things were. Hard. Not to say that things…
I honestly thought it would take me a while to love these kids. In a weird way, I felt as if they were going to intrude into the climate my kids and I had created last year. I felt like when I would do a lesson, I would be discouraged by their response because it wouldn’t be the way my kids would have reacted.
But this bunch quickly made a home in my heart and they do not react the way my kids did last year…which is how it should be!
When my first born headed off to first grade, 21 years ago, she held my hand as we walked down the hallway of Will Rogers Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District. We walked int…
Don’t worry - the title is misleading. :)
Love this. Here’s a snippet that spoke to me:
"But I promise, underneath that bravado of the seventh grader or swagger of the tenth grader you will find that small first grader who wonders, “Will my teacher like me?” And when that child – that teen – knows that you believe he or she matters, then that student will do most anything for you."
“Don’t trust charming. Why? Because the boy who can talk all the right words knows it too well. Things like boys and love aren’t meant to be practiced like that, it should be a bit awkward- it should be raw.”—(via thatkindofwoman)
I just came across this awesome website where you can customize your own worksheets. I used this site to make name worksheets for my kinders so that they can practice writing their names. Looks like you can customize worksheets in various subjects.
Sometimes I see posts on tumblr that are interesting but too long to read at the moment and I “like” them so they can be stored in my liked so I can go back and read them later when I have time…but then I forget.
Hello! I see you're in your second year of teaching already! That's awesome :D I hope you don't mind me asking, but what caused you to switch schools? And how difficult was it? Sorry if you've already addressed this.
Hello! I don’t mind at all. :) My old school didn’t have a position for me because of low enrollment therefore I had to switch to a new school. I have a great team to work with and they helped ease the transition plus it helps that I am teaching the same grade. I miss my old colleagues though.
Thank you for your answer! I just worry that I'll have to focus on one crying kid and have trouble watching over the rest of the class too. I guess I'm just extra worried because in the last class I student taught in, a student cried almost daily (but it was because of his dads recent death and being scare to leave his mom too). Your answer really helped a lot though, thank you! And congrats on your first day today, I'm glad it's going better than last year haha
You’re welcome and thank you!
You’ll soon learn how to manage the whole group when you have to deal with a crier or something else. Soon the kids start to get the hang of it themselves and will know not to bother you when you’re dealing with an issue or something like that. I remember last year when one of my kids was so frustrated and dismantling our classroom library, you know the usual, my kids were so focused on what they were doing and were keeping to themselves. You will soon get a routine and custom with your class where everything just flows. It might take a while, but you will get there. The more you are put in those situations, the better you will get at handling them.
What advice would you give to a new teacher who has students (especially kindergarteners) who come in the first day crying, wanting to stay with their parents?
First off I would speak to the student and tell them about how much fun we are going to have and all the new things we are going to learn. I would guide them to the rug or even have another student coax them to come in.
Sometimes the parents are more hesitant to let go.
Luckily my principal came by all the rooms and said school is starting and parents need to head home so that helped out.
Another suggestion is having a bin of teddy bears or stuffed animals to give the child as a buddy for comfort.
It depends on the situation really. My criers were good to go within 10 minutes after their parents left. I think the more the parents hang around, the longer it’ll take for the child to get into school mode.
I already love my class. I had some criers in the beginning that didn’t want to leave mom but that is to be expected when they just start kindergarten. I even started getting emotional because it is such a huge day for them and their parents. I was honored to be a part of that.
Some cute moments from the day:
"I thought you might be mean before I came to school but you’re actually really funny,"
"We shouldn’t leave the water on because it might flood our classroom and we don’t know how to swim."
"I am allergic to flowers and the sky."
There were many more but I can’t remember.
Overall, I felt good at the end of the day. We even got many compliments from other teachers on how well we walked in the hall and worked in our classroom. That was HUGE for me because last year was the complete opposite. My kids were a wreck while walking in the halls.
I don’t know if it was just the first day so they were on their best behavior but I have a good feeling about this class. I can already tell a few will give me trouble, but overall I am happy!
One of the most frustrating things about being a second year teacher at a new school is that I know how much preparation I would like to be doing right now, since I’ve already taught for a year, but I can’t do any of it because I don’t know my new* school’s policies or even what classes I’m teaching yet.
*I student taught there, but I didn’t set up my own gradebook, etc.