Monday, August 27, 2007

1st Day of School

I am back home after teaching my 6th first day of school. This day is fun for me. I love that the students are on their best behavior and that you get to set the tone. I know that some teachers get very nervous about this day and have trouble sleeping the night before. Not me. I don't understand why I don't get nervous, but I'm glad I do not.

My favorite part of the day is going over all of the students' names. I knew all of their names by the time they left class today, so that is good. I won't remember them tomorrow. Once my rosters are left alone, I will give them assigned seats and that will help me out tremendously! Since I teach 80-90% Hispanic kids, I really try hard to pronounce their names with the correct Spanish. For instance, Martin is "Marteen." I found out today that I had been mispronouncing Ruiz my entire life. At least this student said that it is pronounced "Reez." Unfortunately, there are some students that I will never get their last names correct. If I'm having trouble with their first name, they will usually give me a nickname I can call them. I really try hard not to get to that point. I told them today that their names are part of their identity, and I hate discovering in April that I have mispronounced their name for almost the whole year.

I only met my advisory class and 6th and 7th periods today. Tomorrow, I get to meet the rest. I have an awesome young lady that is my aide this year. So far, she has done more than I was expecting, so that is great! She is a hard worker and a people-pleaser...perfect for a teacher's aide!

I thought about all of the parents out there that took their child to school for the first time today. I hope you didn't cry too much! I can't imagine how it will be to take Audrey to her first day of school. How scary! Let me know how you handled your child's first day of school.


Heather said...

Glad you had a good first day...I thought about all of the teachers returning to the school room and learning a bunch of new names...hope the rest of the year goes just as well!

Lynn said...

Your kids will be so blessed to have you as a teacher! May the Lord just bless you as you are His presence to them! I also pray that He gives you the energy you need because of your pregnancy. Hopefully Audrey will enjoy these days of school as well!

Stephanie said...

Glad you had a good first day too! I hope you have a great year!

Shannon said...

I think the name part would be the hardest also!

Glad you had a good first day. I had a hard time choosing between teaching and nursing. I've always thought it would be fun to get the classroom ready and buy lots of school supplies:)

Catherine said...

I am sure you are such an encouragement to those kids!! I know the kids I got to meet loved you!! And look at you already thinking 5 to 6 years in advance. You funny girl, you!! :)