Just imagine that you could not get into your school or classroom until the very first day of school. You will literally be handed your keys and pointed to your classroom with the kids arriving. On your way, the principal will shout down the hallway the grade you are teaching. Some kids may come this day, but many may not because the starting date for school was only posted in the newspaper this week and many may be off on vacation still. THIS IS MY REALITY!!! School starts for me on Wednesday. I only know that I will be in an all girls school, and will be teaching anything from Kg1 to 3rd grade. Probably either Kg 1 or Kg 2, but I have no idea which one. I will literally NOT KNOW until I get to school on Wednesday. There is nothing I can do about it so I have accepted it and I am pretty calm about it. Many of the other teachers who are here are not so calm about it. Patience is a big part of living in the Middle East and I learned that very fast. I thankfully am a very patient person to begin with and it is helping me a lot. It is becoming very obvious who is not patient and unfortunately those people are not doing as well. Anyway, I guess I am wondering what kind of things you might do with your class if you had no idea how many of them might show up on the first day, or even which grade you were teaching? The classroom may literally only have desks and chairs. I did bring some things from home. Thankfully I brought a class set of whiteboards and markers, and some manipulatives and other things, but nothing will be organized because I don't have a chance to do it! I don't even know if there is paper in the classroom. Oh, and if I am teaching Kg, I have a coteacher that I'VE NEVER MET! :lol: It will all work out... just curious about some ideas. The language barrier is going to be the hardest part- the kids speak Arabic, and well, I don't!