The start of the school year has been crazy and busy. But, overall, things have been going surprisingly well.
I have six more students than I did most of last year, eight more than I did by the end of last year. But, we're figuring out how to all coexist in one room together.
I have some students who I have yet to figure out and some students who have been wonderful from the first day of school.
I really like some of the people at my new school, and am having adjustment problems with others, but am hoping to work out some of those issues soon.
One new thing I'm trying is giving the students more "freedom". Last week (the...5th-ish week of school) I decided that we would no longer have assigned desks. Students can sit wherever they want on the rare occasion that we are actually sitting at desks, and can have more than 4 people at a group of 4 desks, if they want. When we are sitting on the rug, they can sit with me on the rug, or they can pull chairs up to the rug and sit on the chairs, or they can sit at desks. During centers and math time, they can sit at desks, on the floor, or on top of the desks. When I'm reading a story, they can lie down, if they want. We've been working with this for a week now, and so far I like it.
I need to record more of my second year (because I'm no longer a first year teacher!!) so that I can view my own progression from year one to year two.
Hopefully I will force myself to write down more. Because with the extra students comes extra humor/excitement/tears/excreted bodily fluids/office referrals/guided reading groups/piles of paper...