Well I survived the first two days of school thus far this week! It is my fourth year of teaching and I must say, although it is tiring each year (tiring — I don’t think I stop talking during Day 1 because I am explaining so much to the students), it does get easier to begin each school year. After doing it three years in a row, I know the routines I want to explain and have a rhythm to how I run the first day in my classroom. It is a very exciting time full of nerves (for both teacher AND students), smiles, and get-to-know you activities.
I do enjoy the first week of school because I love getting to know my students. I know it is tough for us, as teachers, to get a new class of students and to not know where they are academically, so it is tough to gage their academic skills and abilities at this point. However, I still love getting to know them on a personal level, and showing them other sides of me as well. My students love to learn about my port wine stain birthmark on my left arm, or the fact that I have twin sisters, or the names of my cats, or even that I teach dance classes on the weekends! I am so excited to teach this year in a new school in a town near Akron, Ohio. I have 25 students, an awesome classroom full of technology, a supportive staff and principal, and a wonderful community of parents. It is going to be a fantastic year and I can’t wait to share our fourth grade projects on here! I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th over the past 3 years and although I was a little tentative to go back to 4th, I think now it is going to be a really great experience. I am ready to work with the older students again and to really challenge them! 4th grade students are at such a perfect age right now.
I don’t have any photos of student work from today (we completed an All About Me glyph and math poster), since my camera ran out of space, but I will be sure to post some soon!
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