Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Yesterday my supervising classroom teacher (I have 3 supervisors, it's complicated!) was out all day at a training. This meant it was just me and the kids (and the sub). My head was spinning by 2:20, but I did it! 
This is my journal entry for the day...thought I'd post my thoughts on making it through a day as the sole teacher here too.
I learned...that I can successfully teach an entire day's lessons and manage the class!

Something great that happened was...I did it! I ran the classroom from arrival to dismissal, without my supervising teacher and only a sub, (who honestly wasn't more than a warm body).

Something challenging that happened was... essentially being the only teacher in the room. Having to deal with conflicts and behavior issues alone, and try to teach everything, somethings for the first time (when did handwriting get so involved!)

A question I have in the world do teacher's run a classroom of 19 kids without an aid or an intern to be there as support?

I wonder about...if I really did well today, did they learn what I was trying to teach, did they understand my expectations...

6 thoughts on the matter:

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said... {Reply}

I can't imagine that, girl. Sam's old school had 1st-grade rooms with 24 kids per teacher. Craaaaazy.

I know you did a great job!

Kathy said... {Reply}

Congrats to you! I remember so well my first day of handling a class alone, and I was in my 30's when I did it and already a mom of two! But I STILL was scared :). Teachers are a special breed, God bless ya!


Salma @ Chasing Rainbow said... {Reply}

You confirmed Tamar, that you could do it.
They always learn, even when they don't know it.


Pieces of Sunshine said... {Reply}

Most classes in Australia have close to 30 children and no one other the the classroom teacher. I remember my first week teaching, a new state, big city, living with a stranger while looking for permanent accommodation, just 21. Certainly not easy.

You'll appreciate end of semester and time to sort your thoughts too.

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Well done! Seriously, I have the utmost respect for what teachers do day in and day out, having to work with so many children. It takes a big heart and a tubful of patience. :)

Rachel said... {Reply}

I'm sure you did amazing. And what a "sink or swim" experience...! I am sure the supervisors have even more confidence in you now!