Monday, August 21, 2006

Welcome to 2nd Grade

I am two weeks into my new job at Cary Christian School! Of course, it has been an adjustment and I was exhausted for the first week and a half, but I am enjoying it! I am finally starting to get into a routine and learn what I should do and where I should be, etc... as well as learning the names of 40 2nd graders :)

I am a teacher assistant, so I work in two 2nd grade classrooms. Technically I am in one classroom in the morning and one in the afternoon, but I have learned that that is flexible and I really should just be wherever they need me. The first day was staff orientation, then we had 'back to school day' where students come to meet the teachers, then I had 4 days of working as assistant before they asked me to subsitute for one of the teachers for two days! I was happy to have the opportunity teach, even though I still didn't know what a normal day was like as an assistant. But, now I do...here's a summary of my job...

  • I get there at 7:45am (the earliest I have ever started work!) the first week I had to be out at morning carpool, but last week I learned that I do not have to continue with that (yea!)
  • I make copies, laminate, file, and do whatever else needs to be done to prepare for the lessons (usually involving a lot of running from classroom to copy room to another classroom to staff workroom to front office, etc...)
  • I was excited the first day to find out that I have my own desk (actually two, one in each classroom). They are small, but it is just nice to have my own space, although I am still trying to figure out the best way to keep two desks organized and efficient.
  • I just started grading, I think I will be doing a lot more of that as the year goes progresses.
  • The most exciting parts of the day are morning recess and lunch recess! This is where I get the most interaction with the kids :) I take them outside in the morning to supervise snack and recess, and at lunchtime for the same thing. During these times the third 2nd grade class is also out, so there are a toal of 60 children - thankfully there is also another assistant out to help! I am learning to be strict and firm.
  • Then, at the end of the day we all (teachers, students, assistants) go outside for carpool. I am looking forward to cool weather :) After that it is back to the classroom to sweep, clean up, and get ready for the next day! I am supposed to get off at 3:15pm, but have not yet left before 3:30pm. It is getting closer, though.
Here are a few highlights from the first two weeks...
  • 1st day of school... all the K-2nd grade classes are in their dress uniforms filing into the gym by class singing their school song which is in Latin! Of course, I was standing alongside them humming and pretending to sing since I didn't know the song. (don't worry, I've got it down now)
  • Being called Mrs. Coda...("umm, actually it is Miss Coda, unless my mom is here"). Needless to say, there are only a few single teachers in the school.
  • I have learned to count by 7's to the tune of "Yankee Doodle", as well as learning the North Carolina has a state dog (the Plotter Hound).
  • The best part is the kids...
    • Tyler bringing in his guinea pig, 'Rich', for show and tell. Teacher: "So, Tyler, have you had him long?" Tyler: "Oh, yeah! I got him yesterday." The best part is that Tyler had told me a week ago he was going to be bringing a guniea pig for show and tell :)
    • When I was teaching, we were talking about geography:
      • Me: "the United States is located between Canada and Mexico"
      • (little boy raises his hand), "Yes, Michael..."
      • Michael: "The United States doesn't like Mexico, because they have aliens that come in." Somebody's family watches the news...
I plan to post lots more of the great things that the kids say :)

6 comments:

kendratheintern said...

I think Rich is the best name for a guinea pig ever.
Are you counting the seconds until I come and visit?
Are you hanging up signs in front of Target that say "Welcome Kendra" or "Apex Loves Kendra"?
And where are we going for my early b-day dinner. Because you know I am excited about that.

Anonymous said...

Aw...I'm so excited for you, Bethany! God was very kind to provide this job for you and I know He is pleased in how you trusted Him for it!
Reading what you said about school and the children got me very excited about being a teacher one day. I know it's easy for me to forget that "oh yeah, there is a point to all this school!" So, thanks for encouraging me (though you didn't know it!)...

Susan said...

Dear girl... I'm so glad the Lord has given you a job that you enjoy! How great that you are so desiring to invest into children (something I'm well aware of first-hand) and in doing so further His kingdom. B-girl, you are a treasure! Thanks for keeping us up on what's going on with you.

Melissa Joy said...

Isn't it amazing how the Lord works...a couple months ago, I wouldn't have pictured this for you, but through all the ups and downs he brought you to this place. I know it is going to be a great place of growth for you...anywhere working with that many young kids has to be a good place to grow in patience and well....
I can't wait to hear the stories...kids do say the darndest things, don't they...

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Bethany said...

Thanks for all your encouraging comments!

I've had to delete a comment...If you were the author, please use Ephesians 4:29 as a guide for future comments(see my first post in the archives). Maybe you were trying to be humorous, but I can't know since I don't know who you are :)