Good Morning Friends, Last Wednesday, one week ago, was my first day of school at a new school teaching a new grade. Just some quick background, I had been at a different school for about 6 years and decided it was time for a change. I had previously taught grades K, 1, and 2 and was excited to begin a new adventure in 3rd grade! On Wednesday (the first day last week) I had a pregnancy scare. All is fine with our baby and with me, however, I needed to be on bedrest for 48 hours... which means I missed the 2nd and 3rd days of school. Naturally this isn't an ideal situation because my class did not get the review of my rules and my expectations repeated to them on days 2 and 3. On Monday I was cleared to go to work. I have about 14 students, as opposed to the 30 I was used to at my old school. However... this school has a much more relaxed approach to education. It would appear that the children are encouraged to and allowed to speak outloud and freely. Every teacher has a habit from the kids that bothers them -- and for me it's calling out/shouting out. I have asked them to raise their hands countless times since being back on Monday but they are having a difficult time with the concept. And bless their little hearts if it's a new rule to them... Perhaps it's me? Perhaps I should just relax and let them call out if it's what was allowed? But again, it really isn't how I like to run a classroom. I need to realize that third graders are a year older than the second graders I'd taught for 3 years. Some of them display huge attitude with me (and the specials teachers) and looked surprised when I discipline them about talking back to a grown up, etc. I have usually had 0 issue with classroom management and am feeling very, very discouraged and down. I want to do a wonderful job at this new school but I am spending more time reminding them to raise their hand when they want to get out of their seats and not to shout out answers than I am teaching the material. Anyways... since I missed much of last week, today is really like just my 3rd day of school with the kids. Maybe I just need to give it more time. My husband reminded me last night that every year, even when I was a seasoned teacher at my previous school, I was exhausted the first few weeks -- and I shoule expect more tiredness due to baby. Thank you so, so much for reading. As I fell asleep last night I asked God to give me extra patience with these children, reminding myself that they are His children... and thinking to myself how I'l want my child's teacher to display so much patience with him or her. Alright time to shower, put on a smile and face the day. Wish me luck.