Its official. My summer is over. Today is the second day back to work. Two weeks of training, then the children return.
The students received their schedules in the mail. I even checked my schedule. I saw a few surprises.
After a few kids called Baby Bandit for the lowdown on teachers, I decided to check my schedule. I have some huge classes! Like over 30 children and I was switched to a new classroom.
Those are big numbers. I know they will shake out over the first few weeks of school. Having class sizes under 25 is great. Having around 20 is ideal for me.
The other surprise is I am in a new classroom. Some would think that is no big deal. In the grand schemes of things, it is not. Its just a change I prefer not to have to make. I love my class location from last year. I was on a diverse hall. There's the deaf and hearing impaired class, an English class, business classes, video class, engineering classes, food and nutrition class, and the early childhood room. I interacted with these teachers all the time. Its the small things that made this location perfect for me. I was able to dash to the bathroom in the early childhood room that was next door. I talked basketball with a coach during class changes. The custodians spoiled me with making sure I eat in the morning and have my hot chocolate. There is a copier in between the business classes. So I am able to make quick copies or send my students to make quick copies. The biggest adjustment is having lunch in the middle of a class period. Now I will loose all of it with my room change.
On the flip side, I am on the same hall as the rest of the math teachers. So, I will be able to talk shop in between bells. We can easily check to see if a common lesson is working in other classes and periods. I am able to have lunch with my department and my favorite lunch partner. In addition, I am right across from our graduation coach. So I am able to send students there to complete tests or assignments or take a mental break if needed.
Before the year start, I need to analyze my data from last year and set some personal goals. Also, I need to gather my stuff I plan to take back into the new classroom. Overall, I am excited to see what new things I will embark with my new babies. I plan to continue to check on my old babies too.
Now it is time for me to pull out my sale papers to go school shopping!