Sunday, September 11, 2011
What I Learned My First Week in 3rd Grade!
1. Third Graders talk A. LOT!! Holy moly. I wish someone would have warned me. It's been a week of full blow intervention! Luckily, I have a pretty hefty bag of tricks. We're moving forward...(albeit at a sloth-like pace.)
2. Third Graders need CONSTANT reminders AND praise. This leaves me very tired by the end of the day.
3. For planning purposes..a simple mathematic equation:
Length of 5th Grade Lesson x 4 = length of 3rd Grade Lesson
4. I may not be able to teach content until November. I hope my administration, parents, fellow teachers, and state understand.
5. When they rewrote our new Common Core Standards, were life lessons at all considered for the curriculum? If so, my 3rd Graders could probably already graduate.
6. What teacher wears heels?! (And who knows where I can get a pair of slippers that look professional?!)
7. I need to learn to put in a catheter.
8. Third Graders get excited about a lot! I like to joke a lot. This is not a good mix. I'm limiting myself to one joke a day for the first few weeks of school. By October, I'll consider two. On the bright side, if you call something a "game" (even a regular lesson), they think it's a game and consequently love you. I use this to my advantage.
9. It's really easy to get to know your 3rd Graders! I pretty much had every personality down after the first day! This makes it 8,483% easier to connect with them and help them to learn. I love this part!
10. And number ten...I need to create several intervention plans for things I never expected. Fifth grade management is in no way like 3rd Grade management. I can't even do drinks, bathroom, and hallway walking the same way. I need a professional assistant. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
So, four days down and many more to go! To those of you who teach Pre-School, Kindergarten, or even First and Second Grade....God bless you. You are saints and I truly believe you are going straight to heaven no matter what.
Written (with love!) by Janis at 3:31 PM