First week of teaching. Oh boy. So tired I can barely see. I think it’s not just because it’s my first year as a teacher, I think it’s also my specific school and class schedule. I have 4 periods that are 55 minutes each. I teach a French 1, two French 2’s, and a French 3 class. The French 1 has less than 20 students, but the room is small and was way too hot all week. The French 2’s are unfortunately unevenly split (one is very small) and I can already see it’s going to be hard running them at the same pace.
I have a lot of students with “I.E.P.s”- some of them are pretty serious, some of them are more abstract, some of them I don’t know how to deal with but I am trying to pay attention to how the students are performing.
The French 2 was a large class last year and they did not get through a lot of material. So I have to set about figuring out where they are at, and also take into consideration that some will still be far behind others. I have to find the general medium and forge forward.
I already moved the seating around, and then moved it again, and it’s hard to decide how I want it. I put them in rows against either wall so there is a strip in the middle I can move down. That seems to work well. I have assigned seating for the French 1 because it is a bigger class, and the kids are still quite immature (several boys were talking right starting from day one).
I did quite a bit of culture and used French in all the levels (mostly French in French 3 but not as much as I should have). The cultural activities went pretty well. I need to organize my thoughts and goals more.
Other than that, I am glad to have made it through my first week of teaching (though it was not a complete week). I was so busy I barely saw my colleagues. I fear that I will sleep all weekend and won’t do as much planning as I’d like.
I also REALLY need to start going to bed earlier. I am still going to bed around 12am or 1am and even up until 2am. Oh boy oh boy.
Day by day!