Time is flying! It is hard for me to believe that the first week of school is over!
I spent the week before school started setting up my classroom, and I have been pleased with the results. I also spent a great deal of time preparing my lesson plans. Sometimes, it seems like I could lesson plan forever, and still not be as far ahead as I would like to be!
The administration and other teachers at my school have been wonderful. Everyone has been more than welcoming and incredibly helpful. I really feel like part of a team. I am particularly fond of the great teachers in my department, and I am confident that I will learn a great deal from them this year. I feel very fortunate to have this kind of support.
Well, school started last week, and it is hard to believe that the first week is already over. The students are incredible. Bright, energetic, excited, and fun! I probably have about 130 students total, and I am really enjoying getting to know them. They are so interesting and have the most unique personalities. I know it is going to be a fun year.
All of my students are writing daily in interactive journals. Although I clearly underestimated the time it would take to read and respond to the journals in the way that I want to, I am so glad we are doing it. It has been invaluable in helping me get to know my students in a short period of time. I am learning about their families, how they think, and their dreams for the future. As the year progresses, we will be shifting from personal topics to world events, which I hope will help me see how they think of the world and allow me to encourage critical thinking, reading and writing. So far, it is one of my favorite parts of my class culture. And honestly, the students are embracing the practice much more than I thought they would. Most are putting forth a great effort. I have some great thinkers and thoughtful writers!
I capped off the first week of school at a scrimmage football game last night that was loads of fun! Our school does not have a team, but there is a community league in which a number of our students play. It was great to see some of our students and teachers outside of the school. We lost the game, but we’ll get ‘em next week!
Life is moving quickly these days, but I hope to update soon. Time to go grade some papers and get moving on some lesson planning!