Taking Notes

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Aug 14 2011

Week 1 of Kindergarten (SparkNotes Version)

Important accomplishments we made in the first week of Kindergarten:

-No crying on the first day. One girl cried on T, W, and Th but by Friday she said she wasn’t scared and wasn’t going to cry anymore.

-All students got onto their correct bus every day.

-Learned rules for markers, glue sticks, and scissors.

-Understand and appreciate behavior management system/rules.

Things we are still working on:

-Raising our hands when we want to talk.

-Speaking at an appropriate volume.

-Doing anything in a reasonable amount of time (15 minutes is NOT a reasonable amount of time for a bathroom break).

Things I learned:

-I am much more patient with children than with adults.

-I can maintain a straight face and give a consequence even when I really just want to laugh (I was worried about this!).

-Sleep is a thing of my past.

-24 kindergarteners is too many kindergarteners.

-If you don’t give a 5 year old something to do, they will find something to do, and it will never, ever, be something you want them to be doing.

-I got all the cutest kids in the school.

-There is never enough coffee.

-There is one moment of every day that is just so incredibly wonderful it makes all of the other not-so-wonderful moments worth it.

One Response

  1. Miss B

    I’m teaching Kindergarten too! I totally agree with everything that you have said.. same things here in the Delta! 24 is too many for sure! I have 27 and it is just so many bodies to get going in the right direction!

    Good luck :)

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