The last 2 weeks have revolved completely around school. We had a week of meetings and classroom prep. which is not nearly enough when you are new to the school and teaching a new grade level. Setting up my classroom has been my biggest task as the whole room had to be stored away for the vacation due to painting and cleaning.
Students began last week Monday and I had very hectic week as I was still learning the schedule and where to go and how to get things done, etc, etc. Strangely enough, I only had 7 out of 17 students showed up for the first week of school. It seems that many families extend their vacations as they please. I am finding it challenging as each day in the middle of my morning lesson, a new parent arrives to meet me (not only do they come back from vacation late…they arrive in the morning…late!) I’m up to 12 students now, so we’re getting there. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have everyone and will get them following our classroom rules and routines.
One cool thing about my class is that it’s very international. I have students from Angola, USA, Israel, Brazil, Ethiopia, Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Argentina, Egypt and Azerbaijan. The common language will definitely be English, although I have about 6 students with no English at all (mostly the Angolans and Brazilians so at least I can communicate with them). I am also finding that I have high expectations since I taught older kids last year, but I am adjusting to the age group and am enjoying the kids thus far.
For those interested, I’ve included a virtual tour of my classroom and the playground area outsite my room. Check it out!