Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ah, September!


I love the romance of the first day, first week. A short week, the kids are always eager. Somewhat tired, having not kept regular bedtime hours, they are subdued. Eager to please, the honeymoon is soon over. Soon, daily routines will become simple.

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!
Following that, we would draw playing cards, then put the card facing outward on our foreheads. This eliminated cheating, since your peers knew your card. All of the 2's (♥, ♠, etc.) would sit in a group.
seating plans

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

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