So today we had to take our new class to an assembly. It just so happened that I followed my current class down the corridor. Oh the smile I had on my face as I see the chaos that is their ‘line’ and the horrendous amount of noise they are making and then I look at my new class. All in a line, hands by their side and only the odd one making a noise. I just cannot believe these children they are so lovely. I am so glad that the children are acting in the same manor as they do with me. It finally makes me realise that I wasn’t the issue. It shows that I have tried everything and still it doesn’t work. It’s just one of those cohorts. Well onto happier times. Speak soon J.
Today was another afternoon with my new crew. What a lovely afternoon! We sat and had a little chat. Two children had a song for me, one singing and one playing the recorder. It was adorable, all about how they like their new teacher etc. Then I explained the activity, which was to make something for our book corner in September. They had some books on the tables to look at and decide which was their favourite. Then they had to draw the front cover on their own mini book and write their name inside. Then they had a paper jumper, face and background to stick all together. For this we used pva, due to a lack of glue sticks. However, we only had 2 glue spreaders per table. To my amazement they shared beautifully and knew that they had to scrape the excess off.
With those made we had 30 minutes to spare. So I decided we would have some class time. All sat on the carpet they shared something about themselves or asked me a question, they are such a curious bunch. Then we sang some of their favourite nursery rhymes and then lined up. And no surprise they lined up beautifully. I can’t wait until September! Let’s see what today brings. Speak soon J.
So today is the day that I got to meet my new cohort of children. I had been told that they are a lovely group of children and that i will have a wonderful year. Well I think I must just have that wonderful year ahead!
I walk into my new classroom and it is silent, no-one is talking. I introduce myself and what we will be doing this afternoon. A few children have some questions and then they go straight to find a chair. No talking. No silliness. Just straight to a chair and listening for the next instruction. I explain what to do and they do it. I am totally blown away. I make a comment about how they are much better behaved than even my year ones, which brings a few smiles to their faces.
Throughout the afternoon I of course had the few children who had a few squabbles about sharing, but that will come with time. I think one of the most grown up things said this afternoon was after one child came to ask to go to the toilet another came and said ‘can I go to the toilet when they come back?’ Normally the children want to go together to be silly, but this just blew me away.
After a lovely afternoon I clapped to get the children’s attention. They clapped back and listened. Wow, this cannot be real! I explained that they needed to pack away and sit back in their chairs. They took 3 minutes. Yes,3 minutes to pack all the toys away and get sat back in their chairs. I was amazed. To top the afternoon they all lined up without any fuss and walked back to their classroom.
Now I know that this is just the beginning. I know that there will be a honeymoon period. But I think this is going to be a good year. Only 14 days to go! Speak soon J.
So today was the day that the reports were handed out. In which the children could find out their new class teacher. After all of their speculation and discussion it is finally time for them to find out this crucial information.
To some of their disappointment they were not allowed to open the envelope and many parents were not opening it at the door at home-time, to many of my children’s disappointment.
On passing many of my colleagues on the way out I was informed, by my new class’s current TA, that many of the parents opened the letter at the door and one parent even cried. Yes, I have already made a parent cry, without even meeting them! All because they were convinced that their child would have the same teacher for a second year running. I am sure that the reason for this is that this will only be my second year in the school and that my name is not well known, but really that is not a great start with parents is it?
I hope that everyone else’s report hand out day went smoother. Let’s hope that there are no more outbursts to come. Speak soon J.
Friday 29th June 2018
Today marks our 29 month anniversary of knowing each other. Wow, how have I coped with the man-child for that long?
After a long and stressful day at work, whilst my partner had a day off, he suprised me by meeting me half way home. Why he would choose to walk out in this heat beats me? However, it was a lovely suprise and allowed time to vent about the day before returning home.
A lovely evening watching films, consuming a gorgeous takeaway and a yummy chocolate gateau. Could life get any better? Happy weekend everyone. Only 3 more weeks to go until the summer holidays! Only 15 days! Speak soon J.
So today I had a bombardment of messages from my ill colleague asking me to ensure that things were done and that I give their laptop to someone to take home. It is only when in search of the said laptop and items that I realise just how important it is to be organised within the world of teaching.
I have always been one for having things very organised and easily available when I need them. I hate not knowing where something is when I need or have been asked for it. I like to know that if needed or asked for I can go straight to the place. This has always helped me lead an organised and slightly less stressful day. I always ensure that there are spare exercise books and highlighters etc in my classroom so that in an emergency I can easily replace things. It is very annoying when children are sent by other teachers to ask for resources. I always think to myself ‘why do you not have your own?’
At the end of the working day I also try to ensure that my classroom is back to normal working order for the next day. At the end of the week I also have a quick clear out of paperwork and ensure that no loose papers are around. I find that this helps to keep a clear work area and therefore a clear mind, which is key when you are always getting tasks added to your workload. And they are saying that they are trying to reduce workload! Would someone care to explain how or where?
However, today whilst trying to search for items in another teacher’s classroom, I found it highly distressing, As soon as I walked in, seeing the mountains of paperwork and clutter, it made me cringe. I just couldn’t see how it could be a workable environment. Looking around I was able to identify several of my pet hates within a classroom.
- Displays half fallen down and missing parts.
- Out of date displays.
- Cluttered resources.
- Mixed up exercise books.
- Mountains of loose paperwork.
- Random equipment lying on the floor at the edges of the room, lurking under units and bookshelves.
- Finally, a completely disorganised structure to the room.
I know a classroom isn’t a perfect working environment and that there will always be some form of mess or disorganisation at times, but surely there needs to be some structure to the room.
My thought is that if the room is tidy and easily accessible for the children then it makes it a more calming environment for them that doesn’t look too busy and chaotic. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Speak soon J.
Thursday 28th June 2018
After a stressful day at work it was a lovely end to the day spending the evening with my fiance and friend at the pub. Lovely food a drink and some classic people watching. For those who are not aware, you should all be, this is where you watch others and make comments or think of what the situation is. This is where my partner says too much. I think that he sometimes forgets that he is in public and some things can be pretty harsh, but nothing a knock of the elbow can’t solve. And they say women are very critical and nosy about others. Hmmm, maybe I have found an anomaly. Here’s to all the women out there that have to keep their partners quiet. Speak soon J.