Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...Will there be enough room?

Panic and anxiety has officially hit me--not necessarily in a bad way, but once I calmed down after the EXTREME excitement that followed my classroom assignment, I began to realize all that I have to do before the first day of school, which by the way is August 26th.

There are so many wonderful ideas that I have (or ideas that I have that I *hope* are wonderful!) and so many amazing things I have seen teachers do that I would like to incorporate into my classroom--but those ideas can't just be floating around my head anymore. Instead, I really need to start planning.

As of August 26th, I will have a class of five and six year olds--and not just for an hour or two a couple times a week but every day. That is a HUGE responsibility.

While I am so excited, I also know that I have so much work ahead of me, and even if my experience with teaching, my time in the classroom, and my working with kids all give me an "edge up" on other TFA-ers, I still am going to walk into that class as a first-year teacher.

I think because I take it (the responsibility and the privilege of getting to teach these students) so seriously--because I feel that every student I have can be prepared for first grade if not second grade upon leaving my class so long as I do my job--I feel a lot of pressure. My greatest fear is that I will fail these children--and I do not mean that I will fail them and hold them back, but that I will fail to find a way to excite them about school and to love learning.

Will I have enough time the next two months to plan and prepare adequately for next year? I feel as though my to do list is constantly increasing:
-I need to find out what kind of reading program my school follows
-I need to meet my principal!
-I need to figure out how I am going to set up a classroom I have yet to see.
-I need to learn everything about not only kindergarten but preschool standards and what my children should be able to do.
-I need to figure out what diagnostics are best to see where my children are when they walk into my class.
-I need to get these families and students to trust me...because I cannot succeed next year without my students and their families on my side, but in order to gain that trust, I need to show them that I am worthy of it.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...Will I have enough time? Check back with me in August.

P.S. If you'd like to see my school go to www.arusd.org. The school is Linda Vista--and it is beautiful!

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