This week kicked off my first year teaching. These last two weeks have been a complete whirlwind. Walking in to my classroom on Meet the Teacher night was very surreal. I was so nervous and excited to meet my kiddos. Luckily, the majority of my students know me from substituting last year and had already told their parents about me. It was very comforting knowing that they were excited to be in my class. However, even though I knew the kids, it didn't make it any less awkward. In general, I feel Meet the Teacher is awkward. The parents are on edge to meet the person who is going to spend more time with their kids then they are during the week. The kids are anxious to be moving up a grade. I AM ANXIOUS as a first year teacher. It makes for a very weird mood all night. Thankfully, I have the privilege of team teaching with a dear friend and have such a great relationship with my co-workers. Here is a picture Deanna, Audrah, Chelsea, and I at meet the teacher!
The first day of school came faster than I could blink! I was a bundle of nerves. Luckily, I am surrounded by co-workers who love the Lord. Several of us met in my room around 7:15 and prayed over our year and the kids that we have been called to serve. I have to say, that was so refreshing and renewing. It put my heart in the right place for the rest of the week. As educators, we may not be able to speak the name of Jesus in our classrooms, but we are in the perfect position to serve with His heart and show His love light.
I have had an awesome week. I absolutely love my kiddos. I can already see who my nail biters are going to be but I am praying that God give me renewed patience with those few. My kids have such tender hearts and they really aim to please. They truly love to help each other.
I think these two pictures were my highlights...
We had a conversation on the first day of school about how Mrs. Palomino really likes to be organized. One little girl spoke up and said "Well we should be organized with our stuff too!" I just told them that was their choice and their stuff was their responsibility. I purchased water bottles for the whole class to keep at school so they wouldn't need to leave the room to get a drink. I went over to the shelf where we keep them the next day and this is what I found. I almost died! See... they really aim to please!
The first day we also did an activity that involved making a picture web of our favorite things. One student came up to chat during this time:
Boy: "Mrs. P, I am having a really hard time trying to draw Las Vegas"
Me: "Las Vegas?"
Boy: "Yeah, like Nevada."
Me: "Las Vegas is one of your favorite things?"
Boy: "Trust me, I go there to gamble."
This was the result of that conversation!
Praising God for this 3 day weekend to recover! Praying over my next week with my sweet kiddos. Can't wait to see where we go next week :) If you want to follow more about what we do in our classroom, we have a blog too! vista2ndgrade.blogspot.com