So I've been teaching. It hasn't yet been a full week. Things are going well. I've been told that I will be getting a fair amount of coaching and supervision. This seems fair, as I have never taught before.
Yesterday, I left the school practically floating. It was a very good day. I had three classes. Two of them were cut very short by class photos, which were yesterday and are continuing on to today. So that was a good half hour, almost 45 minutes out of 70 minutes. I had time to take attendance and go over a few things before it was time to go.
The last class was my bilingual class. These are students that are being taught half of their classes in English. Fortunately/unfortunately, there is an introductory program going on for the bilingual program. So half of my class was gone - being used as helpers.
With the half I had left, we played Celebrity. I figured it was a good was to get them talking to see how their English is. The second round was also useful in seeing how they are when their word choice is limited. Have I every explained Celebrity - my favorite game? Just ask and I'll explain. It's very fun. We even got to the third round, which usually doesn't happen.
So my new job is going well. I am suddenly much higher in the hierarchy of the organization. At that last job, I was stuck at the bottom and there was, apparently, no was up for me. But here, I am treated with respect and I have "colleagues." I'm sure that even without that juxtaposition it would be a nice job. Plus, I'm really having to think.
I was actually sort of mean to some kids yesterday. They kept talking and I said, "If you keep talking..." They kept talking. It wasn't a big thing - just a little extra writing assignment. But it was good to do.
Flex those muscles! Show 'em who's boss!