The last time I posted I was talking about our valentine grandparents tea and that went off without a problem and everyone had an awesome time! Even Ms. Lezze-Faire made an appearance and seemed to enjoy herself! The children made little flowers with sucker centers for the favors…we had enough left over to give each teacher one!
The rest of that school year went fairly well with the majority of my students being more then ready for Kindergarten. That left me feeling good for what this year would bring. But, being the buzz kill she is, Ms Lezze-Faire came to me literally days before school was to start and told me that I basically sucked at doing my job.
She said that a certain parent (and that parent’s kindergarten teacher) had complained that the child wasn’t ready for kindergarten because I hadn’t done my job properly. She said they had complained that the child couldn’t sit still for long periods of time and couldn’t color correctly. She said this was due to the fact that I didn’t do worksheets in my class.
Um, hello? Are you serious? First of all, if the only 2 complaints they had were about attention span and coloring, I think that’s pretty good. Secondly, some children will always have a hard time sitting for long periods, especially if what is being done doesn’t hold their attention. Thirdly, who cares if they aren’t perfect at coloring? It’s coloring…not brain surgery. Duh.
So anyway, she told me that I had to do worksheets or that she’d fire me and find someone to replace who would do them. So there. That’s what I got 2 days before school started. Fine. I’ll do what I have to do to keep my job. No one wants to be out of work in this economy. So i started scouring the internet for paperwork I liked…which wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
Let me be clear on this: I am not against paperwork…I’m against worksheets. They are different. I don’t like the thought of children tediously tracing something or counting pictures and circling a number. I don’t like the thought of children drawing a line to match two pictures on a paper. It’s just too passive…and doesn’t really engage the child in learning. I have no problem if the children are doing an activity and recording their findings (that’s what real scientists do after all). I also have no problem with my children creating books and filling in letters or stamping a certain amount of items or something similar. So for a lot of my paperwork, that’s how I set it up…the children are simply doing a hands-on activity and recording what they find (much easier with number activities…letters, not so much). It has seemed to work so far.
This year I have 10 children showing up consistently. I have 12 on my roll. I only have 3 girls…and lots of wild crazy boys! Sooo….I’m trying to find ways to keep them interested and engaged…which is not as easy as it sounds. So far, I have done okay…but I think I can do better.
Mid year progress reports have just gone out and most of my kids are right where I want them to be…so I’m happy. I’m hoping they continue to progress over the next 5 months…and hopefully the ones who are behind start to catch up. Now that I know where they are all, I know who to spend more time with and what area they need extra support. I look forward to telling you all stories of our days together…it feels good to be back.