It has been a whirlwind of a month at work. I have an intern, I am teaching a new (to me) class at USC, I am doing a new “bootcamp” workout with a trainer, I have additional “fixed” classes in the library that I did not have before (2nd grade and a 5th grade major and a special self-contained class and 4 year olds), I’m taking a cake decorating class, in other words, I am going crazy.
The hardest of all the above is the extra fixed classes. I was very lucky at the school I came from. We did have a part fixed schedule, but the classes were only 25 minutes long and it was only K, 1 that were fixed. Everyone else was flexible. At this school, I have a part fixed schedule but it is for many more classes and it is for a much longer time – the entire teacher planning. I’m not going to lie – it is hard. I feel like a babysitter at times. I try very hard to meet with teachers and make sure what I am doing is somewhat collaborative, but it’s just not the same as that flexible schedule when you are co-teaching a lesson and the classroom teacher knows exactly what you have said to her students and can reinforce what you’ve taught. Plus, with so many fixed classes, that leaves much less time in the schedule for a collaborative lesson AND for administrative stuff. I still have to order the books and the supplies and plan lessons and plan programs… My interns professor’s from USC visited yesterday and we talked a little about what others have done in cases like mine…I may try some of their ideas. Ideas included teaching students to check out on their own. Involve the assistant more, for example, let her read the story to some fixed classes (like, if I want to meet with a grade level during planning or I want to teach a class) and lead them in an activity. So, I’ll try and we’ll see. Every year is different and we just do the best we can…that’s all you can do!
Besides all that, there isn’t much to report. After work, I go to the gym or to a bootcamp then I go home to eat and fall asleep. So exciting over here!
Enjoy the weekend – VBF