School Starts Monday

August 14th, 2008

For the teachers at least. Our schedule isn’t too bad next week. We have work days Monday through Thursday. Parent night is Thursday (which means we don’t have to come in until noon but don’t get to leave until 8). Friday is also a day off (because we had to come in last Monday) but I’ll probably go in anyway because there’s a lot to do to get ready for the first weeks of school (mostly it’s just hanging bulletin boards and rearranging furniture)

I think I have all my supplies for this year. I didn’t have too much that I needed so I got to spend my allowance on things that I’ve wanted but have put off getting for the items in the “need” column. This will be my third year of teaching kindergarten and I feel like I’ve hit my stride. I’m not making countless “to do” lists or over-thinking my lesson plans for the first week.

I’ve got my class list so I can start making name tags and those little craft sticks with everyone’s name to make sure everyone gets a turn. And the twenty other things that get labeled with everyone’s name (homework folders, journals, cubbies, pencils, coat hooks, circle spot…).

Once that’s all done, all that’s left is to wait for the students to show up, see how their personalities are, toss my plans out the window and re-write them to fit this particular group.

I’ve got 9 girls and 9 boys. Things are already looking up for this year.

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