So there are several cool things about this school year:
–First and foremost, I’m teaching 5th grade, which is one of my favorite grades to date. 4th was pretty good, but 5th takes the cake easy.
-About 14 of my students of mine were in my class last year.
-This year, we get an afternoon recess.
Now, the kids are usually the ones excited for recess, but I’m pretty excited about our afternoon recess this year because I’ll have a little time each day to see my kids as kids, rather than my college-bound students. I hold them to pretty high expectations in the classroom, so it’s nice to take a break from that and chat with them as the normal human beings they are.
Last year, I had this idea that I never fell through on. The idea was that once every so often, I would invite the kiddos to my classroom for lunch and we would have a Spanish Club. The hope was that we would pick a topic to discuss and the students would only talk in Spanish, so that I could learn (along with any other students who wanted to learn Spanish). I selfishly wanted to start this mainly so I could learn Spanish. I’m a Cuban girl, and I only know a handful of words and phrases, so who better to teach me than my students! The sad thing is the year got busy, our schedules were crazy, and I’m not going to lie, I would just plain forget. So we never did hold 1 Spanish Club meeting…
However, this year, now that we have the gift of afternoon recess, our Spanish club is now outside. It began very impromptu. I told 2 girls that I had last year that I really wanted them to teach me Spanish this year. So they began to teach me. We started with what we like to call “Question of the Day.” They ask me questions (easy ones, thank goodness!) and I see if I can answer them using the little Spanish that I already know. If I don’t know, they simply teach me what to say, and I repeat it back. Or I try my best and say, “Como se dice….?” and they help me out.
There’s 3 great things about this little Spanish club that has randomly formed:
-I learn Spanish
-My kiddos feel excited to teach their teacher
-And, I get to bond a little more with my students.
Let me say it again, I LOVE FIFTH GRADE!
So meet one of my favorite delights…
I made it! I am officially done with week 1 of my 2nd year of teaching! Though my class is not yet complete, it was a pretty darn good week! I have room for 30 students, but so far, 23 is the magic number. Let me tell you something. Whoever those 7 kids are, they are going to be the luckiest kiddos! 🙂 But for now, they’re missing out on all the fun of 5th grade with this rockin’ teacher.
Being a teacher, you plan and you plan and you plan. And sometimes you overplan. But sometimes you can’t plan for everything.
I found out 6 days before the first day of school that my grandpap passed away.
So, this past Wednesday was a tough day for two reasons: 1) my kids were left with a sub on just their second day of school and 2) it was the day of Grandpap’s funeral. They say “God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle.” Well, apparently I can handle saying goodbye to my favorite man on earth and running a classroom of 5th graders.
On a lighter note,
Meet the Friedrichs…
And so begins another school year! I’m lucky enough to be one of the surviving “new teachers” who did not find myself with a pink slip come June. Aspire Public Schools believes in keeping the “highly effective teachers” rather than keeping teachers based on seniority or tenure.
So, a few days ago, I came back to my same room, and began decorating for the new year.
I knew I wanted a change this year, but I also wanted to keep with the blue and yellow theme, as UCLA is our class college. After some long hours and some help from my mom and my good friend, my room became the beauty it was for the first day of school!