Sitting in my classroom after my second day of teaching. Trying to lesson plan while I wait for Back to School Night to begin. Having a lot of trouble focusing though. I’ll start by recapping my 1st day.
So I finallyyyyyy got approved and called in to the classroom by my school district. It only took missing three weeks of class with my students. I was so worried that by this time, they’d be so over my class and not be willing to take it seriously. But it was in fact the complete opposite. They were SO hype to finally have a real teacher and not just a substitute. My first class even ended with them giving me an applause. They were just being silly, but it still made me feel grand. lol.
Overall, my students are a great bunch. They can be really chatty and restless, as I witnessed today as I adminstered a diagnostic exam. That’s going to have to be something to work on. However, I’m not complaining too much; especially when I hear horror stories of how the other students in the school are. Apparently there was a food fight in the cafeteria TWO days in a row. One of these times, the superintendent was present and supposedly almost got knocked over. :-O
I should probably mention that there are tons of logistical and administrative issues at my school. One of which is the fact that all vice-principals, disciplinarians, and administrators were cut from the staff. So as far as management goes, it’s the prinicipal and the teachers, with minimal security guards. It’s kind of messy right now as we go through some growing pains.
And get this: even though they cut the staff, someone thought it was a good idea to add even more students to the building. Soooo…that means on the first day (and even now, still) I have a lot more students than I expected. Out of my five classes, four of them have on average about 30 students. Let’s talk about how I only have 23 real desks in my room though, most of which are really janky and broke-down. :-/ I’m trying to make do but it’s so cramped and students are not in proper conditions for doing academic work comfortably and efficiently. I’m def not feeling it.
As I stated earlier, I’m sitting here trying to lesson plan. But I can’t focus because I keep thinking about how I’m going to get the copies I need for tomorrow’s work. It’s not that I procrastinated. I was just naive and assumed that submitting a copy request 48 hours in advance at the main office, as instructed, meant that I would actually get them in time. Another teacher didn’t seem to optimistic about this. So now I’m worried they won’t be ready by tomorrow morning. Which means I’ll probably have to rush to Kinkos after Open House tonight to spend bookoo money that I don’t have on copies. (Oh, and don’t even get me started on the unfourtante financial/payroll circumstances my district has me facing. Smh.)
But I really like my kids, so that makes up for whatever vices I have towards how the school is run. I can tell they are going to be a bunch of characters. And they are so excited about doing labs/experiments. Now the pressure is on for me to find them fun ones to do that won’t let cause them to lose their eyebrows. I believe, overall, it’s going to be a great school year.
One last rant: So, this Back to School thing tonight….Yeah, I have no idea how it’s going to be run. All I know is “teachers should be here by 5pm”. Idk where exactly “here” is though…and 5 o clock is in 15 minutes. *Sigh*
Oh, and I’ll end with the funny story of the day (let me preface it by reminding that the theme for my class is “All We Do Is Win” and I usually put it at the top of handouts):
So we’re taking the diagnostic exam and the students are supposed to be silent and doing it individually. I ask one group of students who are talking if they are finished. One of them replies “no, we’re on #30.” I’m like “What do you mean ‘we’?? This is not group work. ” He goes “Well, look at the top of the paper! it says ‘All WE do is win’!!! “ And then I died. lolol. It was too funny. I played myself with that one.