First week down!

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  1. Jem

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    Anyone else survive their first week yet?

    Mine was a doozy. Kids started Wednesday, but we had meetings on Monday and Tuesday and I wore myself down. I got mastitis and a terrible sore throat, which resulted in a lost voice by Thursday. I had to borrow a microphone system to whisper in. Not to mention the flu-like blessings of the mastitis. But I made it to the weekend, and the kids seem like a good group.

    I do have a 10 year old female version of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, minus the laugh track. I can see a lot of work ahead of me in that area-I'd love to talk with anyone who might have had a student like this in the past.

    Anyone else start yet?
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    Glad it's over for ya! This morning, I was going to start a thread titled How Was Your First Week? but since my first full week won't be over until the 23rd, I didn't start it yet. I start this Thurs., the 15th. :)
     
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    Kids don't come back to school until Sept. 3rd. I have new teacher orientation next week, and teacher work week the week before the kids come back
     
  5. mkbren88

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    I just finished week 3 and so far, it's been great! I have a great group of kids this year. I have been so exhausted though that I fell asleep at 8:15 last night and slept for 12 hours. I totally needed it!
     
  6. giraffe326

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    I started. It is inner-city, so I had a rough week to say the least...
     
  7. Jem

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    Aw, giraffe. Wanna talk about it?

    Mkbren-I hear ya. I know it's because I'm sick, but I can hardly get through the days because I'm so tired. Henry is up twice a night, Erik is up at 4 to leave at 5 and he doesn't get home until 8:30pm, we're still living out of boxes. It's just too much. I'm completely overwhelmed. I'm holding out for Labor Day weekend.
     
  8. Ima Teacher

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    I finished my first week.

    My kids seem pretty good. I have one class of strong personalities and immature bits. Naturally I take them to lunch. :rolleyes: I am also teaching a section of math. :confused: I'm English certified. :whistle:
     
  9. ecteach

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    I have one week left. I teach the same kids for 4 years in a separate setting special needs class. I am already stressing about 2 of the kids who are really needy. I'm wondering how much worse they got over the summer. Both kids come from families who don't spend a lot of time with them.
     
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    Students had their first week, but my classes don't start until Monday. My auditions for after-school groups also start on Monday, so I'll be busy.
     
  11. czacza

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    Oh, Jem...feel better! I hope you are taking time this weekend to take care of you!:love:
    I don't watch 'Big Bang'...can you describe your Sheldon girl?:woot:
     
  12. giraffe326

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    Ah. We're working on it. They made some improvements on Monday. The class will split soon, as I am almost at the cap. I'll get more new students after the split, but we can separate some of the behaviors.

    I'm also still looking for another job since I am at-will at a charter.

    Hope you're feeling better!
     
  13. Tasha

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    Hugs Jem! The first week is exhausting no matter what and going to work while getting up in the night with a baby is even harder. Be sure to ate your vitamins and extra B vitamins. Go to bed early, the boxes can wait and you'll be able to deal with it all better.

    First, I would talk to last year's teacher and the GT coordinator. If she knows the material, give her an independent project with a lot of choice. If you think she would've responsible, have her design the project even. If she doesn't know the information, she's going to pick it up fast and want to know more. Design an open extra credit project and offer it to everyone, but have a private conversation with her about completing it.

    Good info about GT and hypersensitivity and how it affects the classroom- http://www.sengifted.org/archives/articles/overexcitability-and-the-gifted
     
  14. janis

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    We don't start until Wednesday, can't believe so many schools are already in session? Are you all on "balanced schedule" or "year round"?
     
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    I'm on an extended school year schedule. 197 kid days, 221 teacher days. Kids are in school 8:30-4. (Really 8-4 because they all eat breakfast)
     
  16. Ima Teacher

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    We get a week off in October, two weeks in December, and a week off in April. School ends second week of May and resumes first week of August. We have students 7:40-3:00.

    Teachers work by days. Maybe 180? Students attend by hours, but generally go 176 days. We have enough extra minutes built into the day that teachers can go up to 5 days without students and still get student hours in.
     
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    I start tomorrow with three days of trainings, etc., and students start Thursday. Sorry to hear of your health problems. The flu-like comment reminded me of last year (my first year)--I got strep throat within 2 weeks of school starting! I hope I have built up my immunity to the teen germs, ha ha.

    Feel better soon!

    To those of you who've already started--I hope it's getting better. Some of you seemed to have a rough time.
     
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    :hugs: I cannot imagine getting through your first week with mastitis!!!!!!!! And a babe up at night. Good lord. You will get through it but I hope you ask for help. Do you have family nearby? Grocery delivery? Anything you can outsource at this time, I would in a heartbeat. :hugs:
     
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    Jem, mastitis!? How long until that feels better? Hopefully antibiotics can make it feel better right away. That is amazing you are still working!

    Are your in-laws able to help at all? And your husband is still working in the city every day!?

    Is Sheldon the deadpan sarcastic type? I'm a pop-culture zero nowadays, basically because my kids' can't watch that kind of thing and I'm conked out by the time they go to bed and I finish my work. (first world problems, I know...)
     
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    Had my first week of meetings and prepping. First week with kids starting tomorrow (12th). I'm not nervous or anything and I'm a first year teacher. Either I have a lot of confidence or I really don't know what I'm getting myself into. LMAO
     
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    I'll get back to you on September 13th after I've finished my first week :)
     
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    giraffe... was going to ask how you started already...but you answered my question...
     
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    My thoughts go out to all of you who started.


    Meetings start for us Tuesday and end Friday. One more day for me. :)
     
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    Oh my, I hope you are feeling better! And so glad you made it to the weekend!
     
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    Jem...mastitis can weaken our immunities...get a strep test if your throat isn't better.:love:
     
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    Jem, I am so glad you are back in the classroom (missed you on the boards) and that you had a great first week, minus the sickness (I hope you feel much better soon). I go in tomorrow, and we just have meetings and prepare our rooms this week.
     
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    Jem~I hope you feel better soon!!

    I started back Aug 1, but this will be my first year without students full time. I will only see them for observations and testing. Students start back Aug 27.
     
  28. Ms. I

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    I think I'm REALLY, REALLY going to like it at my new school! :) My first week...well 2 days since I started Thurs, were minimum days. It's so laid back, the employees are pretty nice, & the kids seem good! I'll work with 15 kids...one-on-one.

    Now to enjoy my first 3-day weekend! :D
     
  29. MzMooreTeaches

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    Ms. I sounds like you had a great week! Jem how are you feeling? How was week 2?
     
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    Hey, all!

    Week 2 was great!

    We had Back to School Night on Wednesday, and that pretty much wore the entire staff out. My room isn't even completely set up yet! But it went just great. This is a REALLY small town, and everyone was sad they got 'the new teacher' because they all wanted the traditional teachers. But as the parents were leaving my room after my little speech, they were all saying how lucky they were to have me. ;) I was walking on air on the way home. The kids are just wonderful. Even the little boy on a behavior plan has been stepping it up. They did a FANTASTIC reader's theatre today and chose to trade in their reward trivia game time for more read aloud. Very impressive. My voice is feeling a bit better-I'm hoping one more weekend of rest will do wonders.

    I'm going to spend the day in here on Sunday leveling my library, and then we'll really have something to talk about in here. ;) We're the only classroom doing reader's workshop, and I want to make sure it's run really tight. Anyhow, great week. I'm still working on finding balance with my personal life-I pick Henry up at 4:30 and basically snack and watch tv until Erik gets home at 8:30, which is totally unhealthy and an awful mommy fail. My goal this week is to pick him up and go do something with him-a park, the aquarium, etc. SOMETHING. I'm hoping my energy picks up a bit for this goal. ;)
     
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    Glad things have improved!!!
     
  32. Ms. I

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    It was, thanks! Hope yours was too or will be if you haven't started just yet.
     
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    This is my first full week fo school & it's really, really dragging! I hope every week isn't like this! :mad: I have one day off & get off early on another day of the week EVERY week as it is!
     
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    Why do you think it's dragging? Are you just having trouble with 're-entry' transition from summer to work mode?

    With only working 3 1/2 days per week, you should have plenty of time to re-energize once you get back in the groove.:hugs:
     
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    Our kids don't start until Monday, but I've had a full week of professional development, meetings, and trying to set up two classrooms (our EC office and our Read 180 classroom) as well as get a head start on organizing my caseload. It's been insane and I don't think I've rested much all week. I'm really excited about this upcoming school year because there are a lot of positives. We are finally offering a reading intervention program (Read 180) that I'll be teaching. There is supposed to be a big focus on inclusion and coteaching, so for the first year I'll be in my classes consistently every day for the entire block. Hopefully I'll get to do more in the classroom and become more involved. Finally, I'm piloting the use of iPads in the inclusion classroom, so I'm really excited to try to start using them with the students. I also have a pretty small caseload this year so hopefully the paperwork won't be so bad.

    I'm a little stressed over some small things like us still not getting our Read 180 materials in so I'm kind of nervous about improvising. We haven't even gotten our rosters for Read 180 even though it'll be most of the kids on our caseloads. I'm afraid of them forgetting someone. Also our P decided to store all the extra desks in our Read 180 room so I'm a bit upset about that, but it'll all work out. I'm just going to go with the flow and hopefully get caught up sometime next week.
     
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    We had a remodel and a new wing built this summer. With one week until the start of school we didn't have a floor, water ceilings, air conditioning (in record high temperatures, well over 100 degrees), and many places didn't have windows. And this was our first day we were allowed back into the building.
    Four days before school started we still didn't have water, ceilings, AC and still no windows.
    Two days before school we didn't have ceilings, no AC, and were 100 kids over-enrolled.
    By the first day of school we managed to pull it together (a true miracle and teamwork in-progress), and had the school ready for 250 too many kids.
    Three days into school, our technology falls apart almost every day, the air conditioning is iffy, but we're at it full steam ahead. That's been my getting ready for school and first week adventure.
     

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