Long time no update! I have a few minutes before I need to leave for work so I thought I'd update everyone on the craziness that has been my life!
I left my job at Lee Memorial on July 20th and started my new job on July 25th. I work at a Title 1 school (which just means that a certain percentage of our kids are on free and reduced lunch) so we had to go back to school early for some new strategy meetings. The kids came back on Aug 8th and it's been insane ever since!
As of right now I have 76 students. I would say I know all of their names but I got three new students during my last period yesterday and I don't know theirs... but everyone else's I know! I really enjoy teaching reading so far but it's not all reading fun books like I had imagined. 90% of my kids are intensive readers with the reading level of 3rd grade. Remember, these are 6th graders. So it's back to a lot of the basics with phonics, phonemes, etc. They are a great group of kids though.
It hasn't all been fun and amazing though. My first week was ROUGH. A lot of questioning on whether or not I made the right decision. Elementary was so EASY for me during internship. I kept asking myself, "Why on Earth did you pick Middle School? Why???". I really hate yourecards but my feelings were kind of like this:
Not only was I wondering why I'd pick Middle School, but also why I chose to work in a low-income school where the population can be really rough! I came home and cried almost everyday for the first few days.
But now I'm happy to say that I've got my rhythm going and I'm LOVING my job. In fact, today I have a sub because I have to go to an all day training and I'm actually really sad about it. The idea of us getting another day behind is so sad to me. I hated leaving a note for the sub and imagining someone else in my classroom!! Part of that is just me being OCD though hahahaha. But even if they are a rough and tough little group I can honestly say that I LOVE my kids. Even the ones that I think hate me will run up to me all excited in the hallways and want to give me a hug.
I've read a lot of blogs and books about teaching low income kids and I've learned that the best thing for them is to show them that you WILL NOT give up on them. They have so many adults in their lives that do give up. Even if they flip out and throw something across the room, they do need to be punished like everyone else. But if you give them a detention you need to show up in that detention and show them that you care that they are in there. That you would so much rather them be in class. They do a lot just to test you and we are doing great so far. It's only the third week though so I'll let you know in a few months hahahaha. For now I will leave you with this, it's how I look EVERYDAY when I get home: