Sunday, July 24, 2011

I have a job now what

OK.  I think the title says so much that I almost don't need to blog.  I have a job.  I have mixed feelings about my job.  It is in a regular classroom.  Not in a resource room as I hoped or even in a self contained room.  But I am excited, because after my experiences in a special education room, I was a little put off by it all and didn't know for sure if that was what I wanted to do. 

The teacher in my resource room was an absolute nut and I didn't like her at all.  When I completed her evaluation I put down that she was a poor communicator and that if given an opportunity, I would never work with her again in any way shape or form.

Anyway, back to the job situation.  I entered my classroom and it was full of . . . four tables, teacher desk, a cabinet and some ramshackle things that my wonderful co workers collected for me.  From this I had to create a classroom.  I gotta say I already love these ladies that I am working with.  They have been so helpful.  My principal seems really great, though a little stressed.  I think I am on the right track.  I just didn't imagine that I would be starting from scratch in this room.  I have spent so much money, that if I keep on like this, I will need my entire first paycheck to replenish my savings.  There is so much and my education did not prepare me for any of this.  I went in one day and just sat there kinda looking.  I have so many ideas running through my mind that I don't seem to really get anything done.  Good news, the other secretary will be back and I will be able to get my calendar and all that put up.  Also, the principal is ordering me a rug so I don't have to worry about that.  I just need to find some small rugs for a couple of centers and get my center stuff organized.  I can do it. . . because there is no other option is there??!?!?!

Speaking of centers, I am going to do like a center station with tubs where all my center materials will sit.  The kids will rotate through, get stuff from each of the tubs and complete it.  Some of the centers through the week will have some take home materials while others won't.  For instance, they will copy and trace letters and that will be something they take home.  But when they use letter tiles for the letters that won't go home.  I have found sooo many interesting blogs and other things that I will have to make a post with an entirely separate link for those.  Whew!

Did I mention I started graduate school also?  Shoot me now!

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