(Okay, so I’m a Prep/1 teacher, but I only had my Grade 1s on their first day of school today. My preps start on Monday.)
I have to say, a class with only 8 students is pure heaven. I’m not sure how I’ll cope next Monday when my class size jumps back up to normal! (And I do hope my absent Grade 1s also show up on Monday, too.)
This week has been one loooong week.
We finally received a certificate of occupancy for our BER building yesterday, the day before students started. I’d been in to work Monday and Tuesday, all the staff officially started on Wednesday (no time to work on my room), planning on Thursday and Grade 1s-6s started today, and a week of very long working days… and I’m exhausted.
But it’s a relief for our school to finally have space again, especially for the students. We teachers are bemoaning the lack of storage and air-conditioning in the building, but at least we’re inside the building, even if the last classroom was completed today.
Despite that, I had a brilliant time with my Ones – found some great activities via Teachers Pay Teachers and Babbling Abby to do with them. They really responded well and got along together. We did a tour of the school first thing in the morning and had a very relaxed day… until we were kicked out of classroom by the guys fixing the IWBs and then we christened the open learning space in the middle of our building (which was obscenely large for the 9 of us). But, being a small group, we had a lot of flexibility.
We took fun portraits of each other (for display later on) with our ‘First Day’ frame (above – inspired by this pin on Pinterest). We did some brainstorming activities and we made ‘How to be a successful Grade One’ backpacks.
I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the school year!