The first day was super.
The kids would line up outside. Parents standing around. I remember telling the parents to smile and back away slowly. We could handle this! They grinned. I escorted the grade five kids into my classroom.
I love the new books, the alliances made, the seating plans. I always had them sit in the same seats for the first two weeks. I needed a seating plan to learn their names.
|I loved gr. 7/8 math!|
My first goal, the first month of school, was to call every family. I knew that Meet the Creature, whether BBQ, social time, or formal lecture outlining my program, only favoured those families who could get time off work. The single moms with shift work had a tough time of it. It was easier talking for a few minutes to each parent. If you phone just 10 minutes before a bell, you can do the 10 minute dash, and get to class on time. Many families who worry, just want you to tell them that their kid is fitting in, and had managed to adapt to the routines and expectations of the day.
|We used frame poems|