Year forty-two of teaching….teacher workday number one
Today was my first day back in the classroom to begin my forty-second year in the teaching profession. I’m going to be doing a maternity leave interim for the first eight weeks of the school year and today was our first teacher workday. I got a lot accomplished and am looking forward to the first day with students one week from today.
I was able to access my class lists and proceeded to make seating charts for each of the five groups of students I’ll have during the day. This is something that takes a bit of time, but from my perspective, is one of the most important tasks to complete before school starts.
I was also able to get access to my classroom desktop computer and all the apps I’ll need to use for instruction. Perhaps even more importantly, I was able to print from my desktop to the school copier, as well as make copies in the traditional fashion. Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.
We also met with one of our guidance counselors and went over some of the modifications we’ll need to make for some of our students. We also went over some of the safety precautions that are in place to keep our school a safe environment for all. With the recent incidents involving school shootings, there’s an increased emphasis on this particular part of the school setting.
I will be decorating some in the classroom tomorrow and we also have our beginning of the year faculty meeting to attend as well. It was good to see so many former co-workers and meet some new people as well. And to top it all off, we got a special treat of free caramel corn from a retired school system employee who knows the importance of getting the year off to a sweet start.
Three more workdays this week and then one week from today, the students return! Indeed an exciting time for all.