Yesterday was my first day of my first year as a teacher. It definitely went differently than I had planned! The morning started out so smooth and then all of a sudden it was time to go home. Have you ever had a long day that flew by? I know it seems kind of redundant, but that is honestly the best way I could say that. Below is my first Bulletin Board. (Yes, they will get better.)
Coming from a preschool, you think that drop off is hard because they all scream and cry and need hugs. It is so different in kindergarten. They don’t scream, cry or want hugs. They are five and fierce and apparently can fend for themselves. I feel like I was more of a deer in headlights than they were. One second, I was introducing myself to the first couple of kids who came in. The next second, they were all handing me supplies and darting around the room looking for the desk with their name on it. Suffice it to say, my heels only lasted the first hour before I changed into my flats.
I have student taught in a few public schools, but never a charter school. Though I did grow up attending charter schools, times have changed! I don’t remember learning all of these procedures or the fact that there are so many steps to everything. I think it’s absolutely awesome because I think children benefit from structure. That being said, it is a PROCESS trying to teach procedures. No amount of practicing during PD can prepare you for what it’s actually like to teach a class of 25 5-year olds how to quietly walk down a flight of stairs.
I take pride in my meal prepping. I meal prep to the max. That being said, I need to find smaller containers and healthy finger foods. I made the mistake of bringing shrimp with tortellini and vodka sauce. I was basically shoving it in my mouth to make sure that I wasn’t spilling it on the stack of papers I was trying to send home. Does anyone have a pair of arms I can borrow?
I don’t even know how to sum this up. I don’t think I was really given enough warning or explanation of how this was going to go. In my head, I was thinking I was going to go downstairs and the kids would be called out one by one as their parents arrived. Nope. Not at all. That’s not what happened. But, on a brighter note, I know what to expect tomorrow and that can only help me to be more prepared.
My goal is to keep up with the Outfit of the Week posts on Sundays, teaching related post on Wednesdays and all the random lifestyle things I’m into on Fridays. Thank you for reading all the way to the end!