Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Back At It

What a great first day back after a week of spring break and a day of PD.

I had those same thoughts yesterday... How in the world will I keep their attention? Do I have enough planned? Do I remember how to do this job?

Thank goodness for a wonderful day. Here's what made it wonderful...

I set up a Safe Place in my class. Finally. After holding off for 3 years. I taught how to use the Safe Place, when to use it and how many can use it. (See Conscious Discipline and the information on The Safe Place.)

I was really nervous. As I was explaining I said "And if I see you mistreating the tools you will be sent back to your seat." 

But then I stopped and channeled Becky Bailey and Mrs. Bookbinder. And came up with a better way. "Class if I see you mistreating the Safe Place I will come and teach you the correct way."

There was often a little person in it throughout the day, and never a moment of reteaching needed. Yippee!!

Mrs. Jones helped our firsties plant potatoes in our garden while I played tag and chased other kids around the playground. Really, I should play more. It was fun and carefree.

And, it's that time of year. When we try to stay strong with our teaching and look toward the next year and begin some long term planning.

Today I sat in on a meeting where 8 adults tried to map out a master schedule for next year. 9 classes (2 of K - 3, and a 4th). 90 minutes of ELA, Tier times, 60 minutes for math, lunch, science, PE, music, library. 

They worked for 2.5 hours. And through it discovered that we are short 2 music and PE classes. Uuuggg.

Not sure what the next step is, but I'm sure it will be entertaining.

So, looking forward to more great days with this wonderful, considerate, and loving class who will all too soon become second graders.

I think I'm already crying a bit.

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1 comment:

  1. If you have a class of loving, considerate 1st graders, you can send them to me next year lol.
    Our assistant principal makes the schedule each year - I don't envy her that job. Nobody is happy with their schedule this year. Good luck with that!


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