I am posting this much later than I normally would, for the first day of school is always the longest. There are always transportation issues but they tend to get resolved pretty quickly. On a normal day, I should have this posted before 4:30.
Anyway, happy first day of school!!!! We began the day with introductions and went over the rules and procedures as well as our specials schedule. Then, jobs were assigned and each student has some responsibility, though all of them are pretty simple, it does help a lot.
Following that, we practiced lining up and went around the school while the line leader learned the stopping points. I have stopping points in the hallways due to the sheer size of my class. With 30 students, the line can stretch like an accordion and cover half of the building. This gives the back of the line a chance to catch up before moving to the next stopping point.
When we returned to the classroom, we did a getting-to-know-you activity that was like a scavenger hunt. With about 25 minutes left until specials, I began reading aloud from a book titled, When the Tripods Came. I will get more into the plot in later entries.
I then took them to art, which is our special for the day. Below is our special area schedule during a normal week:
Once I picked them up from the art room, we briefly returned to class to get lunches before heading to the cafeteria. Recess followed lunch before returning to the class to do a math lesson.
Though Ms. Eiger is their math teacher this year, we did not switch classes today. That will begin tomorrow. I didn’t get to any math as we had an assembly in the cafeteria going over expectations for the year.
I did get to do science with students experimenting on how many drops of water could fit on two different sizes of washers.