Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sweet 16: The Class List

I am excited to report that I received my class list today! As of right now, I have 16 students, pretty evenly split between boys and girls. Hurray! When going through my education classes, we always talked about "our students," the vague, anonymous term. Now, I have actual names of actual students! I am officially responsible for their learning = scary! But also very exciting! I was reminded today that I can now start praying for each of them by name--that they would enjoy school, have a good attitude, learn a lot, and that I would be the teacher they need. I spent some time writing their name plates for their tables today. It was one of those things that made me feel as if I was being productive. It seems like there is so much to do that I don't even no where to begin, so I feel like I have at least a little something done now, no matter how small. Step by step, right? That's what it's gonna take.

I spent the last 5 days (5 long days) in literacy training for the program at my school. It was so hard to sit still from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday and listen! I have a renewed sense of motivation to use lots of activities that make my students get up and moving. Much of the training was somewhat abstract and general--not very helpful. However, there were some practical ideas and guidance to show what a literacy/reading block actually looks like in the classroom. As I am trying to figure out the physical setup and functions of my classroom, this was indeed a help.

Much of this week was also spent buying things that I need for my room: books, posters, reading chair, etc. It was truly an enjoyable time picking out all of these things, but so expensive! Even buying most of the things on sale was still expensive. I am relying on the fact that after I've taught for a few years, there will be less purchases to be made every year! That will be nice.

Coming this week: Heading to my room to organize and start arranging, maybe do some painting!

From the name at the top of the class list,
Miss Davis


  1. wowowowow!!!!
    that's so awesome!! You know, your job sounds sooo much more fun than mine ~_~ i just sit at a desk all day. I wish I could go out and buy stuff and interact with kids. I LOVE kids. love love love forever!!!

    this sounds absolutely great allison! I'm so excited for you!! Aren't youe xcited to be like in the real world? My real world is boring but yours will surely be full of adventuer! keep us updated please! =D



    i commented! and then i have NO idea where the comment went =(

    but anyway-- i was going to say.. i am SOO jealous you have a classroom! like that for work, you get to do cool stuff like paint and set up! i didnt know teachers had such free reign of their classrooms... hahahaha

    do you have to pay for your own supplies? or get reimbursed? anyway im sooooo jealous! i LOVE children to death and i never get to see children =(