I’m exhausted. My mom picked me up at 8am and we worked until well past 6pm and I still feel like my classroom isn’t ready. For starters, Mrs. Halloway has a lot of stuff. Granted, it’s nice to have a full library, but all of the cabinets are full, her desk drawers are all crammed with papers, so I didn’t have space for a lot of my things.
My mom and I did get my bulletin boards papered. A teacher from my student teaching gave me all these cowboy things like paper horseshoes, number lines with lassos, really cute stuff. So my classroom has a Western theme!
I got my class list. It took most of the day making name tags. They have to have their names on their desk, they have mailboxes that I set up, they have their names on clips for their behavior clip chart.
I also had to make a rules sheet and my mom and I wrote out procedures on giant paper. There’s a bathroom sign out sheet and I had to make take home folders for all of my students.
I’m also missing a ton of supplies! My class list has 27 students. Although Connie says to expect at least 5 students to not show up. She says a lot of families move and the district is really bad about letting the old school know that they enrolled somewhere else.
But even so, I only have 14 reading books. I asked Dania (Dah-nye-uh), the other second grade teacher (the older one) about it and she said not to worry about it. They only use it in emergencies and children can share.
The same thing is true for my math books. I have 11 math books. Again, Dania said that we usually make our own worksheets or print them from the Internet.
Another thing is my supply list. Students are supposed to bring their own supplies and I’m supposed to collect them all. The reason being is that not every student will show up with supplies and whatever I get I have to spread among everybody.
The rest of the weeks we have staff meetings in the mornings and we’re allowed to work in our classrooms in the afternoons. I’m not sure how much more time I need, but I feel a little stressed out to be coming in so late. I don’t know where ANYTHING is in the building. I’m worried I’ll get lost tomorrow trying to find the library for our meeting.
I need to keep reminding myself that I’m lucky to have this job.