hello & howdy!
as of last friday i am now a 3rd grade teacher. guess who’s doing cartwheels & backflips?
yeah, that would be ME!
goodbye milk teeth babies. hello big 8 and 9-year-olds!
at this time of year in the school district, giant classes are split and new classrooms are formed. that’s how i ended up in with a brand new 3rd grade class.
this was the original plan for my chinatown experience and i’m very glad it all went down the way it was supposed to.
don’t worry about the 4 year olds, have a new school marm to minister to their every need.
i went out to celebrate with diana, my new friend from last semester’s school gig in silverlake.
blackberry & strawberry sangria!
i had 1 day to turn a storage room into a classroom. it was sort of like the unconventional materials episode of project runway.
give me a barn and i’ll turn it into a classroom. as long as someone can promise me all the horses will be over the age of 7.
i spent the day thursday getting things ready.
by that i mean cleaning, moving furniture & rugs, and finding some boxes and an old blackboard to use to separate the space between what will be my classroom and the other half of the storage room. it’s a long narrow room with no windows.
the good news is my classroom is bigger than most. i moved the rug into a corner and formed a makeshift classroom library.
i found a cart full old discarded books in the copy room. i wheeled it into my room and went through everything, finding enough to make a little classroom library.
then i went into the storage room next door and scavenged around for more books.
the plant manager came by and let me know he’d be installing a bigger white board and trying to find me a kidney table.
the custodian came by and brought me a couple of trash cans and some paper towels.
my splendid new class arrived on friday morning.
one of my new student’s toe came unbandaged so i sent him to the nurse.
no nurse on friday. he returned with the bandage in his hand and a worried look on his face.
nurse moss to the rescue!
i grabbed the masking tape and went to work.
i have a child who’s parents are from nepal, and another from pakistan. the majority are ABCs (american-born chinese). one of my new students taught me that!
after lunch i kicked off our first storytime by reading chapter 1 of roald dahl’s “witches”
the kids were scared! one girl told me i was reading it too scary. i explained that i go into a reading trance and can’t help it. but i told her i could try and read it normal if she wanted.
“no! no! no! no! no! no!” everyone else screamed.
i told her, she could move closer to me if she was scared.
everyone moved closer on the rug and formed a tight little circle around me.
at the end of the day i had everyone write their very first weekly report home to ma & pa.
yesterday the GIANT map of the world i ordered on ebay arrived. also 2 containers of fun markers for art projects!
i went to target and got a fan for my desk.
oh menopause, i wish i could quit you.
after a few detours and false starts the year feels like it has finally begun.
armed with stories, maps, markers, books, a giant carpet, and 22 8-year-olds i’m feeling v. v. v. optimistic about where all of this is leading.
naturally, i’ll keep you posted.