New Entry #11
What a day. What a day. What a day. I am dragging from my lack of sleep and my students barely said, “Boo” all day. I do not think they like getting up early in the morning any better than I do but at least they have a parent or sibling encouraging them to get moving and all I have is an alarm clock that works when it feels like it. I am still on the fence on deciding if I prefer that they walk around like zombies all day or throwing temper tantrums if they do not get their way.
I did accomplish one thing today. I sat down with my mentor (we will call her Lisa) and she helped me gather resources together regarding various reading strategies. You see being a first year teacher in the county, they think I need help, so they have assigned another experienced teacher to guide me and give out advice when needed. Everyone says that this is a great idea but I have to be honest right now and say that I DO NOT play well with others. I am an only child and I like to do things my way. For example, why can’t I give my students extra recess for a reward? I think they deserve a little down time every once in awhile. It isn’t like we are going to stay outside and play all day. However, according to Lisa, the principal frowns upon this idea. He feels that every second of the day should be accounted for in an educational way. I guess I just need to remember my list and be flexible. My mentor’s job is to help me become more acclimated to my environment by basically answering any questions that I may have. Well, hello, that kind of help I do need right now. I have only been at school for one week (not including our week of teacher preparation) and I already have a ton of questions: “Why do kids have to go to the bathroom ALL the time? Why do kids sometimes look at me as if I have two heads? (Maybe because my lipstick has worn off by the time they walk through the doors in the morning?) Why does the principal hang around my area all the time?” (I really just want to tell him to bring his Snoopy sleeping bag and toothbrush and camp out). But, of course, this is just a comment running around in my head.
I really do think my mentor is trying to help me (she does know all about the third grade curriculum—which I am still lugging home every evening in my backpack) but she has her own class to worry about as well besides dealing with my questions every few minutes. She is amazing because she has so much patience with me. If it were the other way around, I probably would have told her to leave me alone at least for a few hours. Her best advice so far is that I will learn that no matter what time of the day it is, your kids will always ask to go to the bathroom (especially if they are bored . . . is she hinting that I am boring?) And the advice regarding the principal hanging around all the time . . . just leave him enough space for his sleeping bag. This is when I want to scream, “What space?”
New Entry #11