Not the Normal Schedule – 9.1.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Hope it helps in some way.

Today was Student Orientation Night at my school. Now, in the past, this has always been done during regular school hours, but this year, it was done from 5:00 pm – 7 pm. I’m sure there is a logical reason why the hours were changed, but I’m think it was a few parents complained about not being able to make it during regular school hours. Of course, I understand that “regular school hours”make it difficult for parents who work, but I would be interested to see if there was difference in parents who attended last year to this year. I’m not a person who likes lots and lots of data, but it would be interesting to see the difference.

Throughout the day, teachers were scattered through the building adding this and taking that away from their room. Every teacher wanted their room to be perfect, which in general, most looked great, but after that first or second day, the rooms will be decorated with student material and possessions in every corner.  The main office seemed to have more action than usual because of the PTA and new students, but as usual, the secretary handled it great. Most school secretaries deal with a lot of chaos that many of us couldn’t not handle, but once again, that is another story. My job today was to help with Kindergarten orientation, which entailed of two 15 min. activities for a group of 30 kids who are all around five years of old. Yes, this does seem fun and exciting, but 30 five year old walking around a new building with new people is not an easy task. I had some instructional aides and other staff members helping me, so it made it much more manageable. I remember thinking after the 30 min. was complete that this was not a bad bunch of kids. Most seemed to be attentive, and most followed all of my directions, well as much as a five year old kid could follow directions.

After this task was complete, the parents and students moved into the gym for a formal PTA meeting. Like most schools, my school wants as many PTA parents and money as possible, which is necessary to help with school and student activities throughout the day. As people were moving to the gym area, I did my normal “meet and greet” as well as my normal ” hey, how are you doing” to both parents and students. It was fun talking with former students, as well as the current students from my school. In some cases, I was able to even talk with former students who had kids attending my school. This social part of my job is one I enjoy, but it makes me tired at the same time. I don’t think that I’m the “coolest” teacher in my building, but being a librarian means you see all the kids during their tenure at elementary school, which means you build lots of relationships with students and parents. This also means you know a lot of people and have to talk with a lot of people in a two hour span – fun but exhausting.

After the PTA meeting, parents and students moved to individual classrooms to drop off materials and meet teachers. Once again, people were scattered throughout the building and there was a lot of “buzz” in the building. This was a good night, even if it was a little busy, and I will have to be back in the building at 7:30 am the next morning. Hopefully, I will be able to get some more done with my own agenda because the days are getting shorter.


“you will find errors in this writing because
I’m not proofreading it – it’s a journal, and that is all”

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