Fierce in Fourth is hosting a "First Day Jitters" Blog Hop.
Kids are always surprised that teachers get jitters too. . . but WE know how stressful the first few days are!
Here are the 3 things that
make me a little nervous STRESS ME OUT the first day of school:
#1 How many moms and kids are going to cry and WHAT DO I DO!?!?
This is not my first rodeo folks. 14 years of experience. . . I know there WILL be criers. Every time it happens I freeze. WHAT DO I DO? Tough love? Sympathy? Walk away?
#2 Are they all here? You wouldn't believe how many times I count the kids the first day.
I don't know them yet. . . their friends don't know them yet. . . and they don't know you yet! Honestly if they end up in another line or classroom it's hard to tell! So I count and count again, and count again! One time I knew I was missing a kids and we couldn't find him for 10 minutes! We lost him during recess (I knew he was going to need special watching so I was trying to point him out to the EA on duty and he was no where to be found!) 10 minutes later he wandered out of the corn field bordering our school and handed me a stalk of corn he had picked for me. Had the biggest darn smile on his face and was so proud. Took 10 years off my life!
#3 26 Kindergartners
That's my number right now. (it could grow to 28) It's the biggest kindergarten class I've ever had. I had 27 first graders one year but I was too young to know to worry about it. I told my principal, "I have 22 cubbies and seating for 24 so I'm very sorry but I just can't have 26 in my room." HA! Good try, right? It's not really the cubbies or tables I'm worried about (although that does create a problem). For the next 175 days these kids are MINE and I want them all the love school and learning and I want them to be ready for all the challenges of First Grade. Plus, I'd really like to do it with my sanity intact!
Ok. . . deep breath. . . Sigh. . . .
Tomorrow in blogging land should be a lot of fun! Jessica Stanford from Mrs. Stanford's class is hosting a Magical Product Swap. Bloggers are making, using and reviewing other's TPT products and posting about it on their blogs. Get ready for your TPT wishlist to GROW!