Will I Get Stomped?

Discussion in 'First Grade' started by Fairborn, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Fairborn

    Fairborn Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 20, 2009

    I'm going to begin a long-term substitution for a first grade class. I've never taught first grade; usually I have been in the 3-5 grades. It's a very low-income charter school. Will I get stomped or do first graders still want to please--even for a sub? Ideas?
     
  2.  
  3. Lynnnn725

    Lynnnn725 Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,786
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 20, 2009

    go in and state your expectations. Remind them that you're not Mr./Mrs. So-and-so and explain your expectations. They will love you!
     
  4. Erin Elizabeth

    Erin Elizabeth Groupie

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2005
    Messages:
    1,254
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 20, 2009

    If you are starting out the school year, just remember that first graders need to be taught procedures. Over and over again until they have it. Lining up. Getting glue. How to ask to go to the bathroom. When it's ok to get a tissue. What to do with the tissue when they are done with it.

    1st graders generally want to please and are eager to learn. Enjoy them!
     
  5. pwhatley

    pwhatley Maven

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5,276
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 20, 2009

    Remember that on the first day of school, they are kindergartners who have been on an extended vacation, often with little guidance. I have found that it takes several weeks of repeated teaching and reteaching of even the most minuscule of things (how to use a glue stick, cleaning your own mess in the bathroom, etc.), and even then they will need reminding throughout the year.
     
  6. Fairborn

    Fairborn Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 21, 2009

    Thank you!

    Thanks to all of you! The actual teacher has been there 2 weeks, and I'm going to go observe for a few days before she leaves to have the baby. Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  7. Lynnnn725

    Lynnnn725 Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,786
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 21, 2009

    This happened to one of our kinder classes two years ago. An old grandma came in and took over. She did great! We thought she would get 'stomped' but she did very well.
     
  8. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    9,154
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 21, 2009

    First graders sometimes rebel a little with change but through teaching procedures, reminding them you are a different teacher and MOSTLY through building rapport, you will have eager kids wanting to please the teacher. They may not be able to be as independent as the older elementary graders but they tend to love their teachers, want to please, etc. I absolutely adore first grade. I subbed for a first grade class last year for 3 weeks. I talked about their teacher some, reassured them, told them that their teacher left plans that she wants them to do and we want to make her proud. I also let them decorate welcome back cards and make a gift just before she came back. They had fun planning the surprise.

    I assumed the teacher started the year first or you wouldn't be as worried about how they handle the sub.

    Since it is at the beginning of the year, just know that drilling the procedures is necessary for all teachers, not just the sub.
     
  9. Sarge

    Sarge Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    2,483
    Likes Received:
    204

    Aug 21, 2009

    They can be like little robots.

    Little, random, confused, slightly haywire little robots.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. stargirl
Total: 241 (members: 5, guests: 218, robots: 18)
test