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,