Friday was an administration day that we utilized to work on marking exams and completing report cards. Lucky for me, I marked ALL of my exams on the day they were written (Wednesday) so I was able to work on report card comments and giving my room a bit of a facelift for Monday morning.
Since I am teaching both Junior High and High School I really only have one class that will be brand new to me as I am finished Grade 10 Essential Math and gaining Grade 9 Science. The rest of my classes will continue through to the end of year, but my schedule completely changes. Here is a look at what my day will look like starting Monday:
My first semester of teaching can only really be described as a whirlwind. As I prepare for semester two, however, there are a few thoughts that stand out for me:
- I am SO glad that I prepared as much as I did over the summer. I know that
not all teachers get as much notice as I did in regards to their upcoming
positions and I am so thankful that I had almost four FULL months to prep
for my first classroom.
- I definitely recommend that if you are starting a new position and have
time to prep, then definitely utilize it! Sometimes the only thing that
calmed me down during first-term craziness was knowing that I at
least had full unit plans organized and created already.
- It is WAY better to ask than to try and figure this out all on your own. This
was especially true for me during my first round of report cards. It actually
got to the point where I was sitting in our main office with my lap top
working on report cards because the first time I attempted it on my own I
missed SO many details that I didn't realize I was responsible for.
- I wish I would have been more of myself with my Grade 10 class. From the
start I didn't really mesh with this group as a whole and I feel like I wasn't
as personable with them as some of my other classes. I don't think this
benefited them or me and it would be something I would try to address
sooner if I was able to do it again.
- If possible, stay a bit later each evening instead of rushing out with the
students at 3:30 or 4pm. Trust me, taking the extra 40mins or hour to
catch up on marking, photocopy with no lineups, and set up for
tomorrow is way better than rushing the next morning or leaving ALL
of your prep for the weekend.
Like I alluded to previously, I gave my room a bit of a face lift on Friday so that Monday could be even more of a fresh start to celebrate semester two! Here are some before and after pictures:
|The view from the door at the start of the term. |
My desks were moved into table groups (like below) after the
first day, but notice my desk and organization counter
|The view from the door now.|
I've gotten rid of my desk as I never sat there and it just
collected clutter anyways!
|My organization counter (hand-in box, classroom supplies, etc) was|
right beside my desk at the far side of the room.
|I've now moved the counter across the room, against the interior wall|
where our classroom "chill-out" space was.
|Our classroom "chill-out" space was against our interior wall|
but I've now moved it to the far side of the room.
|Our classroom "chill-out" space is now on the far side of room next|
to the windows. I wanted to move it towards the natural light but I'm
not sure if it looks as cozy without the bulletin boards behind it....
maybe we need a rug or something.