There is was, staring me in the face. Wednesday morning, no assistant teacher, no air conditioning, and a rainy day in the Delta. This week started off really good, I feel so refreshed from my trip home and really good.. its week 6 we are almost done with the 1st 9 weeks.. which means we are a 1/4 done with the year!
But Wednesday was just miserable. Hitting, kicking, laughing, talking, playing, and not much teaching happened in room 22 on Wednesday. My students got to their math centers in the morning and acted like clowns. Heads down. I’d had it. For 35 minutes my students sat in complete silence writing their number words on lined paper.
J, a very bright student in my class then stands up and says this:
“You all need to learn to act right. Ms. B is the boss in this classroom and we are not. She is the one that went to school, and we are just starting. Do you see that big goal on the wall? Raise your hand if you know what that says and what our big goal is this year? (calls on student) Yup! That is right to get to 1st grade, now in order to get to first grade you need to stop acting like clowns and need to figure out how to act right and listen to her when she speaks! I know that we messed up Ms. B and were playing in our centers, but this just sitting here writing in complete silence, well, I’m sorry but it just sucks!”
I almost cried. This little boy said everything that I was thinking of, and truthfully could run this place if my assistant teacher and I were ever out — I mean he is 5 on a 3rd grade reading level. But it was just like a rainbow was put over this classroom.. except for the fact that most students just started to laugh at him and didn’t care. And that is when they got silent lunch.
The afternoon didn’t get much better, so we repracticed and retaught procedures, because the 26 little kidertots in this classroom DO NOT run this place.. I do.. or at least I think I do.
After talking with roommates, and some third years.. I know that today will be better.. I’ve already had 3 little heads pop in today saying good morning — and I also received and email last night from one of my college professors with words of wisdom in it.. they are as follows:
Remember your first year is all about survival!