I made it through the first day! 🙂 Even though it was my 15th first day in first grade, I was still nervous and felt a tad bit . . . will I remember how to do this??? My feet hurt (I wore wedges that are pretty comfortable but they pinched my toes on my right foot today so the flip flops came out at lunch time) and my throat hurts from all of the talking I had to do but it was a success. This class is so sweet! They are also all CUTE and LITTLE! I felt like a GIANT! Woo hoo! 🙂
I had the usual craziness that seems to happen only at my school (although please tell me if this happens at your school) and I tried really hard to be flexible and to just go with the flow (which is really hard for me because I do not like surprises and I must be in control and prepared at all times) but still. Here’s a snippet:
I have a Madison. Cutie. Identical twin (I start thinking . . . I don’t remember her being a twin. I wonder who has the twin?) and dressed to the nines! Takes a seat at the desk that says “Madison.”. Perfect. This is going off without a hitch. Look at all my new friends doing what they are supposed to be doing. Look at all of their parents looking at me wishing that I would read The Kissing Hand and make a big to-do or a brilliant speech or something . . .
Here comes Madison number two. With the correct last name. Madison number one is in the wrong class! Nice parent takes daughter to office. No problem!
Nope. Madison number one is on my new and improved list. Identical twin is in another class and I found out at lunch time that my teamie knew about her twin student YESTERDAY. They just forgot to tell ME about mine. Rush, rush, grab, grab, write, write, sit here, welcome, welcome. Smell the soup. I have 30 kids now. It’s all okay! 15 girls, 15 boys, even number, I like this.
I dismiss my kids. It goes well (which is extremely hard at my school of 1100 kids with a front and back gate pick up, as well as bus, kids club, etc. It’s stressful in the beginning! Last year I “lost” three kids but not really because other families
stole took them to their parents) and I’m heading back to class when a family stops to introduce themselves to me. Because their son is going to be in my class tomorrow. Because they requested me and didn’t get me so they spent the afternoon with my principal and abracadabra . . . he is now pulled from my teamie’s room and put in mine. My partner is getting two tomorrow from other classes, my other teamie is getting one from another class . . . all because my principal will not take a stand. GRRRRR. So I spent tonight making new stuff for this poor guy who started in one room today and will start over again with me tomorrow. And did I mention he is five years old and his birthday is not until December 1???????????????????? That is THE cut off date for California. I mean, HONESTLY.
I should have started this post thanking everyone for their nice, sweet, supportive comments on my other post. You all are so nice – I can’t get over it. Blogging has taken over my life because when I sat in our meeting yesterday and heard about all of these horrible changes, I just kept thinking, “Wait until I blog about this!!!! You’ll see!!!!!” 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love all of the comments about sneaking stuff in — how did you guys know that my halo goes crooked every once in awhile?? I plan on spending this weekend reading my stupid T.E. cover to cover and documenting every little thing that says independent reading or independent ANYTHING (so that I can do Daily 5). Surely I can make this work!
Lastly, here are a few more pics.
This is my little supply table where kids can get extra crayons, trade “not sharp” pencils for “sharp” pencils, get bandaids, turn in sight word lists, etc.
This is my guided reading table. I love my windows – I feel really lucky to have 4!!! (the other two are on other walls) 🙂 Most of the other rooms only have 2.
This is my desk area. Nothing too special.
This is the library — a light is burned out above it so it’s kind of
Also, I probably don’t need to point this out but as you can see, I don’t have a theme. Unless you call DJ Inkers a theme. I change my bulletin boards ALL OF THE TIME. I drive myself crazy with it but as soon as fall starts to approach, I have to change all my boards. And then again with winter, spring, open house, etc. It’s never ending. I am so anal that I started using a level about 10 years ago. I have corrupted a lot of my friends with the need to have a level, too. Do any of you use a level? My husband and my friend Susan’s hubby were going to try to design a stapler that had a level in it – we were going to call it The Strapler (as in straight) but it never came to fruition. If someone designs this, I will buy it!!
I have got to go to bed. I can barely type this! Thanks again for all of your support!!
PS How about LeWon (spelling) on Big Brother? Have you ever????????!!!!!!!!