1st year teacher, moving to Kindergarten...need advice
This is my first post here, I hope to post and reply alot.
I am a first year teacher, having moved to Las Vegas becase it was the only place that offered me a position. I have been teaching for about a month...only to find that the schools enrollment fell below expectations and that my class was going to be disbanded. I could stay only if a teacher volunteered to take my spot and find a job for themselves elsewhere in the district. Only problem is....someone did volunteer to leave, a Kindergarten teacher. I start on Monday and will most likely be there all weekend long moving in and planning. My only problem is...I have no idea whatsoever on what to do. its half-day K, with me working all day, two classes.
I student taught in second grade, and have taught so far this year in fourth grade. But I have no experience / observation at all in anything below. I did sit in, in a first grade classroom for about five hours before deciding that I would not teach 1st or younger. I have been into this Kindergarten classroom and I think I might enjoy it...but I really need some help as far as: procedures, routines, what to do, homework...etc.
Does anyone have some advice for me? I really appreciate it!
Wow! I did my student teaching in kindergarten and then taught preschool after I graduated. They are great kids, but require a lot of attention and you have very little down time. Here are a few ideas of things you can do:
1. Have the children practice writing their name when they come into class. Use their names that they have written to take roll.
2. Use an upholstery needle to sew thread lines into your carpet where you want the kids to sit or line up.
3. When reviewing letters or words or numbers or whatever as a class play this simple game. Tell the students that you are going to play a game. In this game it is the class against the teacher. You, as the teacher, will write a letter (or whatever) on the board. When you point to the class they get to say the letter out loud. If they get it rignt they get a point (display the points on the board too). If they get it wrong, you get a point. Also, if they talk out of turn, you get a point. Or if everyone does not participate you get a point. The purpose of the game is to give the children repitition. Rarely will they get the letter wrong as a whole group. And the purpose is to really let them win. Laugh it up and have fun with it.
Thanks for the advice. Hmm...I guess I was looking for more of procedures and routines...all that jazz. I've told some people that I dont know what Im doing and it doesnt really hit them. I mean seriously...I have no idea at all what to do. I dont know where that at academically, if they can read a little, or write...their alphabet knowledge...number sense...etc. I dont know where they are in school either as the teacher didnt really leave helpful lesson plans, and from those plans, I can't really even tell what she did each day...so I dont even know where she left off. Like for many things...she just wrote down one word in the plans.
Anywho...I start today. I am planning on just doing routines and procedures, but I cant think of enough to fill up a 2.5 hour block of time either. I got depressed yesterday as I spent much of my time this weekend there at school, and the classroom doesnt look any different which really actually surprised me.
No training in Early childhood? Well, you need to get a good curriculum book...some are so complete you can follow them exactly... most local libraries have some ... honestly, it isn't going to be that hard if you have a great book to follow! There is no end to the songs and ideas on the internet. Most Kindergarteners recognize some letters and numbers, know their colors and can write their names. So, what are you doing? Do you have a plan yet?
MisterG, I know there are a lot of posts here about kindergarten procedures. I taught kindergarten for several years, and I know I posted several myself. I'll see if I can get some direct links to those threads for you.
Wow! Kindergarten is a wonderful grade level and I'm sure that you'll really enjoy it! There were so many suggestions already offered in this thread, but I just wanted to introduce myself (I am a second year Kindergarten teacher in Allentown, PA) and offer some Kindergarten websites that really inspire me during my teaching career and that offer TONS of great information, thematic ideas, etc. that could be helpful to you as you begin this new journey: