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Published on August 30, 2008 By InBloom In Blogging

Well, I made it through the first week of school...well, work.  It wasn't easy since I spent most of the week worrying about my stepdad.  I felt pretty lost the first two days, but I got back in the game by Wednesday and things were good from there.

I have 5 classes--about 120 kids--coming into my classroom each day.  Yikes (I am a Social Studies/Reading&Language Arts teacher, btw)!

For the most part, they have been well behaved.  I am having a tough time with names, though!  As of yesterday, I had 80% of their names memorized, but when I go back on Tuesday, some of those percentage points might decrease.

We've already met with the parents of a child who is already acting up in class. Based on what the parents said, he has alot of issues that we will have to deal with.  Hopefully, we will make progress with him.

I also received my first walk-through visit from an administrator (gosh...so soon...sigh).  My report was positive for the most part, although I was told I needed to display thinking maps I was working on with the students...which I DID have displayed and which she probably didn't see from where she was sitting...anywho...

Hope to have a good year.


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on Aug 30, 2008

 

I was just saying to my wife last night how that aspect of bein a teacher would be tough -having summer off and going back! But, like I told my wife, being a teacher is really a calling and not so much a "job" per se anyway so going back to work is proabably way more palatable for teachers.

Hope to have a good year.

Yes!

on Aug 30, 2008

Glad your first week went fairly well.  We start on Tuesday.  I'm so excited!  I know most of my students from last year, and we have a new principal, who is *AMAZING*. 

I hope that your year goes well.  I want to come visit your class!

on Aug 30, 2008

I hope things continue to go well.  You sure have a lot of kids!! 

My boys are enjoying school this year, and it seems so important to get things off to a good start. It really sets the tone for the year. 

although I was told I needed to display thinking maps I was working on with the students...which I DID have displayed and which she probably didn't see from where she was sitting

Ugh, that sucks!

on Aug 31, 2008

RoyLevosh
 I was just saying to my wife last night how that aspect of bein a teacher would be tough -having summer off and going back! But, like I told my wife, being a teacher is really a calling and not so much a "job" per se anyway so going back to work is proabably way more palatable for teachers.Hope to have a good year. Yes!

Thanks, Roy.   I did have a long summer, and even though I may have groaned a bit, I was pretty much ready to go back.

on Aug 31, 2008

MarcieMoo
Glad your first week went fairly well.  We start on Tuesday.  I'm so excited!  I know most of my students from last year, and we have a new principal, who is *AMAZING*. I hope that your year goes well.  I want to come visit your class!

I think it's awesome that you already know most of your students from last year.  I had one year, when I was moved from 4th to 5th, where I got most of my class from the year before.  I loved it.

Hope your school year goes great, too. Good luck!

on Aug 31, 2008

Texas Wahine
I hope things continue to go well.  You sure have a lot of kids!! My boys are enjoying school this year, and it seems so important to get things off to a good start. It really sets the tone for the year. although I was told I needed to display thinking maps I was working on with the students...which I DID have displayed and which she probably didn't see from where she was sittingUgh, that sucks!

Yep, it is a big group of kids...more than last year.  I hope I get used to it. How was the first week of school for your boys? I hope it was good...and I hope the rest of their year goes well, too.

on Sep 02, 2008

Good luck with it all.  I wouldn't be able to remember 10% of the names after so short a time. 

on Sep 02, 2008

Just a brief funny regarding school year and names.

 

I was a teacher once upon a midnight dreary...and I taught in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  One of the schools was a pretty small school out in farm land.  So, I get the rosters for my classes, and I'm looking at the names.  And I think "how weird...there's a Chinese kid out here in farm country, SC?"  Then I look down the roster and am perplexed.   "Another one?"

 

Silly me.  See they both had these weird middle names...I figured they must be Chinese.  The middle name was "Nmn."    (If YOU don't get it, just like *I* didn't...think about it a while )

on Sep 02, 2008

As of yesterday, I had 80% of their names memorized,

Yea, that would be tough.  Almost like getting a new job every year!  I am glad that most of the people's names I need to remember dont change every year.

Hoep this year is a rewarding one for you!

on Sep 02, 2008

Memorizing names...ugh...

Glad you had a good first week, minus the administrators lack of detail..heh.

Heres to a great school year all the way through.

on Sep 06, 2008

dynamaso
Good luck with it all.  I wouldn't be able to remember 10% of the names after so short a time. 

Thanks, Mark.  I pretty much have everyone memorized now...although I do go blank at least once a day...lol

OckhamsRazor
Just a brief funny regarding school year and names. I was a teacher once upon a midnight dreary...and I taught in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  One of the schools was a pretty small school out in farm land.  So, I get the rosters for my classes, and I'm looking at the names.  And I think "how weird...there's a Chinese kid out here in farm country, SC?"  Then I look down the roster and am perplexed.   "Another one?" Silly me.  See they both had these weird middle names...I figured they must be Chinese.  The middle name was "Nmn."    (If YOU don't get it, just like *I* didn't...think about it a while )

LoL on the Middle name, Razor.   I once did that when looking at a college football schedule.  I wondered, "Who is this team, BYE, that my college is playing? I've never heard of them!" Chris (my sweetie) just laughed at me and pointed out that it meant a break for the week.  I felt foolish.

 

on Sep 06, 2008

little-whip
No Middle Name.  (that was easy, Ock!)What's a 'thinking map'?  That one's got me stumped.

Oh, it's just a way to get students' thinking organized by using a graphic ...something like this

 

on Sep 06, 2008

little-whip
Speaking of country schools...A brother and sister attended the same class in a rural Kentucky school, and on the first day, the teacher asked him his name."Snotty-nose Wilson" was his reply.The teacher was in no mood for sass, so she asked him again...'What's your REAL name, son?'Again he replied, "Snotty-nose Wilson, Ma'am!"The teacher became angry, and told him that if he wasn't willing to give her his real and proper name that he'd have to go to the Principle's office.He shrugged, got up from his desk, and headed for the door, but then paused and returned to grab his sister by the hand, saying, "C'mon Pissy-pants, she ain't gonna believe you neither..."  

 

on Sep 06, 2008

Dr Guy
As of yesterday, I had 80% of their names memorized,Yea, that would be tough.  Almost like getting a new job every year!  I am glad that most of the people's names I need to remember dont change every year.Hoep this year is a rewarding one for you!

Thank you, Doc.   I am hoping and praying for a good year, too.

 

Memorizing names...ugh...Glad you had a good first week, minus the administrators lack of detail..heh.Heres to a great school year all the way through.

Thank you, Tova! Hope you kids (and yourself) have a great school year, too!

on Sep 09, 2008

Hey Rose,

I am just seeing this. I hope things have settled in well for you and your dad is doing better. You had quite a load on your shoulders the first week. I hope that's an indication of smooth sailing for the rest of the year. We can hope!

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