The sound of the bell woke me from my sleep and as I lay there waking up, I realized that today was the day and first impressions mean a lot. I was full of so many emotions that all made me want to throw up. I was excited to finally get back into a classroom, anxious to meet the kids, and nervous that I will be the one to cry or makes a student cry. The first hour was social studies and I had some time to just relax and realize that I was really over thinking it.
After social studies, we had the opportunity to do our introduction activity. I concentrated on walking around and making sure my voice was clear. For our activity, the students wrote down three facts about them that no one else knew about them and then gave them to us. We would then read each one and the students would have to guess who it was. The class is split into 4 different teams that compete for points. At the end of each month, the team with the most points gets a prize (ex. An ice cream party). My partner and I used this to our advantage and made every right answer a point for their team. The students and the teacher really loved this activity. The only problem was that not everyone was involved at the guessing and there were some quiet moments. I think this was because it is such a big class. It would have also helped if we wrote down the names that were already called out so that the students wouldn’t constantly guess the same name. Personally, I did think that I would be nervous and maybe mess up or freeze but instead it felt so natural.
For the rest of the day, the class tackled math, ELA, and religion. I noticed that technology was used for each lesson in a way and instead of giving the students answers the teacher would just keep asking them questions. The students then used their funds of knowledge to answer each question. The biggest subject for me was math because I realized how long it has been since I did math on paper. So brushing up on basic skills would really help me in the future. At the end of the day my partner and I offered to help with the volleyball tryouts at the school. This gave us the opportunity to get to know more of the students as well as some other teachers.
Overall, I thought it was a very successful first day with only a couple of hiccups. It was hard to come back to school after that because I did enjoy it. I am very excited to go back next week and see what comes out of the second day.