I officially survived my first day teaching kindergarten!!!!
It was all different types of crazy, such as wrong student names, rashes, crying, not enough seats in the cafeteria, Ms. P feeling sick and almost fainting, me watching all 40 kinder students for 10 or 15 minutes when no one knew what was going on, having a code red / lock down being issued after helicopters hovering above the school, and of course, bathroom issues…
I will make a real post hopefully tomorrow (with pictures of my completed classroom) but for now, I’m going to sleep!!!
Today’s Silver Lining: I survived my first day teaching Kindergarten in one piece!
It’s been 2 and 1/2 weeks since I’ve signed the papers confirming my teaching position.
As each day passes, I get a little more anxious and antsy.
I still haven’t seen past the school office, let alone the classroom I’ll be in. I don’t know if there will be separate tables or just group tables for my students. I don’t know how many bulletin boards I’ll be able to have. I don’t know if I’ll be sharing the same room with another teacher with a few room dividers or if I’ll have my own room. I don’t know if there will be a sink in the room. I don’t know if I’ll have to adhere to certain themes in my classroom decoration for the start of the year. I don’t know what technologies I’ll have available to me in the room. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get some sort of compensation for the supplies I’ll use in the classroom. I don’t know the name of the math/science/spanish Kindergarten teacher I’ll be sharing my students with. I don’t even know how many Kindergarten teachers there will be in total.
Since signing, the school has called me to ask for my social security number and references for background checks and other logistics of hiring within the school system. After that, nothing… On July 6th, right after I came back from a trip to Washington, D.C., I decided to be proactive and call the school. I asked if they had finalized the dates for the HR (human resource) meetings yet. The meeting is so we can finalize direct deposit, decided on the frequency of checks, and learn about medical and other benefits. During the meeting, supposedly we will get to finally tour the school (given all the alterations are completed). However, the dates have yet to be finalized. I also asked if there was anything else I needed to do. They said no, but if anything pops up then the principal will call me. They did say that there will be an informational meeting for parents on July 15th that teachers will be welcome to come as well. They said that they would either call or email the final details. Well it’s July 11th and no call or email yet. The calendar on the new school website doesn’t say anything for July. There is an event titled “Orientation for Registers Students and Parents” for August 2nd. I just don’t know how the secretary could get those dates so mixed up though. If I don’t get any calls or emails by my lunch break on Wednesday, I’m going to call again and simply ask if the meetings have been scheduled and somehow work my way to ask about the parent meeting.
Sigh… I want to be proactive and interested but not seem overbearing.
We shall see…
Today’s Silver Lining: At least I have that piece of paper saying that they fully intend for me to teach at their school! I could still be in limbo with multiple schools.