Yesterday I found out i’m going from 19 students to 14. SIGH! A typical class actually should have 10 but 14 is WAY better. I will no longer have K-5. I will only have a 3-5 class. I feel SO MUCH BETTER!! I feel like I can finally breathe! Let the learning begin! I feel sad to lose my little ones, but it will be better for them too.
I’m so happy!
Tomorrow is my first paid day at my new job. The kids don’t get in until Thursday. I’m hoping I finad out I have at least one aide in the classroom of 17. If not, it’s going to be a crazy year. I’m hopeful though. I’ve had some very supportive people around. I’m a lucky gal.
I finally met with my Principal today. And I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!! He’s new this year too but he’s assured me that he was going to try his best to make my K-5 class run smoothly. He was very open to my suggestions and pretty much left it to me as to how to run the class.
I feel like I’m not on a sinking ship anymore. Next week we are doing meetings and then school starts on Thursday. I still have to arrange the classroom and have decided to have 7 single desks for the 4-5th graders and one rectangle table for the k-3rd graders. This will be our whole class time and then we will break out into smaller groups at the kidney tables. I also found out that I have NO ASSISTANCE. I would have cried THEN but the principal put a call in to the SPED department to make sure I got SOMEONE.
Tomorrow I’m cleaning and moving and hopefully by Friday I will have all the boards and classroom mangement system in place.
EEEEEKKK Wish me luck!
I was going to post random things on this blog, but I figured I should put it to good use and document my first year of teaching.
2012-2013 school year.
I finally got my very own classroom. At least for one school year. I thought I was prepared for anything. But I was not prepared for this. A K-5 combo Special Day Class. That means that I have ALL of the special ed students in ONE classroom. Yes, I will have help…but how am I ever going to manage this. I’ve taught all of these grades. Just not all at the same time.
Luckily, I have the greatest friends who are also in the field. Lisa and Nancy are going to be my GO TO gals this year. I hope I don’t drive them crazy.
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. But another friend, Emily, said that I will be fine and I just need to do the best that I can. And she’s right. I’m good at what I do. And I know that. I have a gazillion dollar student loan to prove it. But I just need to push through the fear of failure and tap into that strength I know that I have. This is going to be both fun and painful. BUT I want to look back at today on that LAST day of school and feel that I accomplished SO MUCH. I want to feel proud of myself. But mostly I want my students to feel proud of THEMSELVES.