I never thought I would say this, but…third graders are really intense.
Last week they taught me that instead of letting them into my room all at once, it’s better to have them line up at the door, and tell them one at a time where to sit. Whew! They also taught me that it makes sense to give directions one at a time, instead of all at once. And to remind everyone to please, do not play with the tables and chairs.
These first couple of weeks are going to be pretty low-key in terms of art projects, as I get to know my students’ unique skill sets and knowledge. Instead, we are in high-gear in terms of defining classroom norms and routines. Each student has an animal taped to their corner of the table, and each week that animal has a different job. The kids seem to be getting the hang of it, and so does the teacher.
Meanwhile, other things are afloat: intense culture shock, coupled with a struggle to sleep regularly are keeping me in a state of general malaise. But when those students come into the classroom, I become energized and alert. Thank goodness for the kids!
Here are a few photos from this week…enjoy!