Wednesday, August 17 9:05 AMWelcome to my 29th year of teaching. First day. Envisioned my new classroom for at least 6 months prior to this date. Several conversations with my principal, coaches, self-talk, colleagues. I had it perfect in my mind. Open seating, no set desks, space for supplies, and tons of open floor space. Enter 27 students. I felt like a rookie. I had never taught a day in my life. I looked up from the carpet and wondered what had I done. So many things I never considered.
Thursday morning, 1:00 AM
What had I done? How do I learn their names when they don't have assigned seats? Even though we spent all day building community - I've made a mistake. My husband reminds me, "You've got this." I am reminded of the sweetest comment after I called MP the wrong name twice, "It's ok Mrs. Caplin, it's a lot easier for me I've known you since kindergarten and you didn't know it."
Thursday, August 18 7:05 AMCouldn't sleep, Couldn't get to school soon enough. Turned on my Jimmy Buffet CD to remind me of summer. Took a deep breath. Sat down on the couch and looked around. Changes have to be made. Moved one table out. Moved three desks out. Moved "typical" chairs out. Stacked the nesting table. 27 students arrived - more space. Better job with names (two hours looking at their first day photos last night really helped). Built bridges with pennies had a tremendous Thursday.
Friday, August 19Starbucks Friday! Class meeting. Students share about their week. "Love open seating." "Couch is the best." "Never had nesting tables." "It's not so crowded." "I've never had a class pet." "Thanks Mrs. Caplin." I guess I still got it.
Thanks to Ruth Ayres for encouraging me to Celebrate. I sure couldn't have celebrated on Wednesday, but now I realize I had three days of growth.
|Building bridges #happyfaces|
|#happylearners choosing their own space|