The start of the year is always full on getting routines set and letting children know and getting them to follow through my expectations. It is a battle at times but most children are getting up to speed!
As a teacher I like to dialogue with the children as much as possible. I regularly ask them how they think they are going and I ask them to reflect on where they think they need to go to. Although they are only 6 and 7 years old they articulate extremely well how they feel about school!
I asked them the other day how they are now compared to the first day of this year. I'm happy to say they expressed positive feelings about me as their teacher and what we do in class!
School Year Starts I wrote about 8 years ago from the child's perspective!
School Year Starts
Nervous children waiting scared
Will he be grouchy...normal...weird?
Tales been told...many rumours spread
Lined up...quick march...into class we head
The school year starts...here we go again
Laden with books...pencils and pens
Unknown faces surround me stare
What a freak out...let me outa here
I wish I was invisible...a place to hide...where?
In library corner...under desk or chair
Crawl up in a ball...oh so small
Teacher towers mighty tall
From a book children's names she calls
Morning tea bell rings long and loud
I grab my sammies and walk out proud
No longer a stranger in a crowd
Have made new friends...hope the day never ends
Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be