Maybe it's because I'm 173 years old and I just forget. Oh. My. Word. The first week of school is SO exhausting!
So I'm linking up with DoodlebugsTeaching to tell you how it went.
I tried something new this year with my students. I liked the idea, but I wasn't sure if they'd get the whole concept. Boy, was I wrong. They LOVED it! We looked a some corporate logos, starting with the Nike swoosh. I asked them what company it represented, and they all knew right away. But when I asked them why Nike used that symbol, they really had to think. I was impressed with the answers they came up with: that the swoosh implied fast movement, that it looked like the oval of a track, even that it looked a little like the bottom of a shoe. We spent some time looking at other ones: AT&T, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, and Amazon, among others. More kids joined in with ideas and they really seemed to get excited about it. Then I told them they would create a personal log, based on the things that were important to them.
Those kids worked so quietly you could have heard a pin drop. It was really cool to see how invested they were in the project.
Few things make me happier than seeing my new students' faces when they see how many books they'll get the chance to read in my room. It was hard telling them they wouldn't be able to check any out on the first day because we had so many other things going on, I wouldn't have time to go over my rules about how to check them out.
By Day 2, they were begging, even though I'd planned to hold off for another day. But I gave in, went over the rules and how I have my books organized, talked about 25-30 different books, and then gave them time to look. Here's a group of girls getting comfy.
Our school always goes over school rules in a series of ten rotations, spread across two days. So that took up a lot of our mornings on Days 2 and 3. This year, my partners and I talked about the Dress Code. It was really interesting to see the difference between fifth and sixth graders. We decided we needed to be totally honest, so we told the kids we'd be using words like "bra" and "underwear". The boys got smiles on their faces, but they were pretty cool about it. Although they laughed when I said that girls needed to remember that they'd be working on the floor on some days, and if they were laying down on their bellies, reading a book, and three boys were sitting opposite them, not reading, it was probably because they could see down their shirts all the way to the belly buttons!
But the fifth graders? Oh my, no. I really had to choose my words much more carefully. They just are so much more innocent, and less inclined to try to stretch the Dress Code rules. It was really something, how differently our presentation went with kids only one grade younger.
All in all, it was a fun week, getting to know my homeroom students, and meeting the other two classes on our team. They seem like a great group of kids, full of energy and eager to share their stories. I'm looking forward to working with them this year!
Even though summer has ended for me, it hasn't ended everywhere. This is about the
I hope you have a nice, long weekend, filled with family and friends! For those of you starting after Labor Day, have a great time! The hardest part is the "not knowing." Once you meet your kids, youll be good to go.