Monday, August 6, 2012

First Day of School

Back to School - your first chance to make that impression that will carry you through the first few months of school.

My friends and I carpool to work, so we met up at right before our usual time (6:25am) to get to work a little early to make sure we were all ready to go.  Carpool is one of the best parts of my day because the four of us are able to share ideas, complaints and get ideas for our troubles.  It's daily therapy in a 20 minute drive.

When we arrive at work, I discover that my class syllabus was rejected because I didn't go into enough detail on my assignments.  Frustrating!  Everything was so perfect and no one has dinged my syllabi before, so now I have 180 copies of a useless syllabus.  This is the first year they are instituting new policies for the school syllabi... which are fine, except don't give me those rules the day before we go back to school!!!  I'm still irritated about this.  Being organized and prepared got me nowhere.

I have first period prep (again) so I was hanging out in the quad helping students find their classes as the first bell rang.  I'm sure I helped calm a lot of frazzled nerves out there.  The 6th graders are SO easy to spot because they are SCARED.  Haha... it doesn't last long.

Finally, 2nd period rolled around and away we went!  I don't choose seats for the kids AND I don't let them choose either.  I hand them a number as they walk through the door that will be their seat.  "The fates have chosen!"  It seems to always work well... they don't feel bossed around and I keep friends apart for awhile.  (Also...  the lower kids ALWAYS pop up on the radar because they inevitably have trouble with locating their seat.)

Again, I've moved to a Computer Elective Class so things are so different... yet, still the same in some aspects.  I'm getting used to some of the changes.  5 different periods is TOUGH.

The kids all seemed really on target - easy adapting to my way of doing things and not complaining about their Organizers.  I ran through my Rules and Policies powerpoint... they finished a short reading about the computer and it was over.

(Wash... Rinse.... Repeat four more times!)

The day literally ZOOMED by and by 1:30 I was tired, my knees ached from my 7,000 laps around the room.  Thankfully... it was over until next year.

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