Suzie (and other Teachers!)
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|Mon, 09-14-2009 - 9:06pm|
So Suzie and I were totally hijacking the PG pic thread to talk about teacher stuff, so I figured I would start a separate thread and invite others to jump in and talk about school!
Here is the last thing Suzie said:
"That sounds great! Its always nice to have a more peaceful start!
I have great kids this year! My Spanish classes have a great students and good mixes of those students. I have a student teacher, so I started off feeling like everything was taking forever because I had to explain so much to him. Now, we're in a groove and things are flowing smoothly. I (already!) did my first set of grades tonight. We do interims every three weeks- I couldn't believe that we're already that far in. It feels like we started a week ago!
My only complaint is that I'm teaching a 6th grade reading class for kids reading 3 or more grades below grade level. I have them last block of the day and they are exhausted and these are the kids who often act out. I'm not supposed to be doing my own planning; they are using me more as a resource teacher and I'm supposed to help them to complete work they don't finish in language arts. Its very frustrating because I'm not used to teaching someone else's stuff, especially when its not in my specialty area. The crazy thing is that there is a 6th grade Spanish class that the SPED teacher is teaching during that time! Oh well, we're only a few weeks in so I'm sure things will get better. "
That is crazy that you are teaching resource last period and the Sped teacher is teaching Spanish! WTF? Do you think your school just didn't realize they could switch you? I work in a charter school and we have a lot of say over what we do, so if I were in your position I would just talk to the Sped teacher and see if she wanted to switch classes with you . . . and if she did, you could maybe approach your principal (or vice, idk who you would go to) and ask if it was okay with them. I just feel like that is the weirdest thing.
But regardless, I totally relate to how exhausted the kids are at the end of the day. I almost always have classes at the end of the day--though, thankfully, I have different groups of kids each day and then have them earlier in the day throughout the week, so I see them at least some of the time when it's not last period.
Anyway, we have open house tomorrow and I am really nervous. I have to make up something to hand out to the parents and plan out what I will say. It is only 8 minutes for each group of parents but last year it was 8 mins and I had like a three page packet about the class and I finished after 5 mins, and no one had questions and I was like WTF, and was so nervous and scared. This year it will hopefully be better since it's not my first year but I am still TOTALLY FREAKED OUT. Luckily tomorrow is my super easy day, I only have two classes, so I have plenty of time to plan before and hang up posters and stuff. Sigh.
Anyway, if there are any other teachers out there (and I know there are!), you guys should chime in and chat with us about school! ;-)