Monday, August 22, 2011

So far, so good...

We started back to school last Friday and things are smooth, so far. I am learning the ropes at the Junior High and I like it. I don't feel as stressed and I have the freedom to grow and experiment.

My five classes are as different from each other as peas and artichokes. My first hour is Pre-AP and such eager, well behaved kids. Noodle (my daughter) is in that class, plus a lot of football players and band geeks. Love it!

Third hour (2nd is plan) is quiet, and for the most part, easy to deal with. I do have some kids that really struggle, who are unable to do anything near level. One of them cannot read at all. For two days they have been in my room and not even a co-teacher has come to assist. They are so overwhelmed and with 27 kids, it is really hard to give them any one-on-one time.

Fourth hour is a challenge. It is my largest class at 31 kids. I have a lot of students in that class with prior discipline issues and they are working hard to keep that reputation. They remind me of last year's homeroom class. I will probably fall hard for them and love them most of all.

Sixth hour (5th is Academic Achievement) is going to be a good class once I get a seating chart made. I have a few kids who just cannot be near each other and then we will be just fine.

And then there is seventh hour... Seventh hour always gets the label of being the worst. It is the last hour of the day. Mix tired teachers with tired kids and disaster usually ensues. But my last hour is small, and I adore the kids. There are some spunky ones but I love their laughter and their energy. 

It just might be a really, really good year.

6 comments:

Jeff said...

Sounds like you are off to a great start! Almost makes me miss those days of starting a new school year and getting to know each kid in my different classes. Yes, 7th hour has a bad reputation, but I usually found myself loving those kids the most. It was like we were all so tired from the day that we just leaned on each other to get through! Enjoy!

Teachinfourth said...

These are some of the best years...we look back and love them.

Jessica S. said...

Sounds like you have a positive outlook on the year! That fourth hour is rightu p your alley! After last year you can handle anything! Good luck!

Elaine said...

It all sounds good and mainly positive so far - I hope it stays that way. It will be nice to have a great year. The small class for the last hour sounds great!

Okie Book Woman said...

So glad to hear that your school year is off to a good start. I love middle schoolers, myself. It's a tough age to be, and a tough age to teach, but middle school kids are so much fun.

Out on the prairie said...

That start of a year and new kids. I miss the kids some, but would have a hard time giving up fun. I worked with high schoolers at a 3-5 grade curriculum .