I am SO excited to be back in the classroom! This is my first week back from maternity leave, and I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed the “big kids” and my teacher friends. Spending time with my Beau and Ellie was absolutely wonderful, BUT I’m also craving a routine and a need a reason to put on makeup every day! Seriously, though, how precious are they???
My parents will be keeping Beau 3 times per week and Ellie 2 times per week. One of my dear former teacher friends will be keeping Beau twice a week, and Ellie will go to school 3 days per week. Can you say CONFUSING?!! My husband made fun of me, but I totally typed out a schedule for our fridge to remind us of who goes where each day and who is in charge of bringing them. Luckily, I don’t have to report for teaching until 11am now, so the crazy early morning scramble will be avoided! Whew!
This week, even though it’s November, I hadn’t even MET my kids, so I focused on my classroom procedures and getting to know them. Lord help me, because I now serve over 100 different students in Grades K-3, and I’m super nervous about remembering all their names! (I already had a teaching nightmare about picking up all my groups on time and bringing them to the right place.)
To speed things up, I made a Power Point of my classroom procedures to quickly review with all my groups. For my GT groups, I also added a version of “The Warm Wind Blows” to explore their multiple intelligences! Young and older students LOVE this game! Basically, you arrange chairs in a circle with one less chair than your number of students. You call out a category (in this case, characteristics of a multiple intelligence), and if that category applies to you, you get up and try to move to another empty chair. If you are the one student “left” in the middle of the circle, you get to call out the next category. This also works beautifully for staff ice breakers!