Apologies for my little hiatus from blogging. Sometimes life just gets in the way, you know? This week was my last week of babysitting the three kids I was hired to babysit this summer (I only babysat them for six weeks--it went by so quickly!), and I'm preparing to move next weekend, so it's just been busy.
The good news is that I'm meeting with a "mentor," for lack of a better word, at my school this afternoon. I'm hoping she can get me some textbooks and other resources, because no one has given those to me yet, and hopefully provide me with some direction in my lesson planning. I still haven't gotten very far with that, although I have chosen a book and I have planned the first week of school. I'm not as intimidated by planning reading; I'm more overwhelmed at the thought of planning writing. I'm just not really sure where to start with that, and all I know so far is that I'm supposed to have a weekly spelling test and that I have to assign one major writing assignment each quarter. I've made some attempts at starting to plan for writing, but I really haven't made it very far.
Another source of my anxiety right now is the fact that my classroom isn't ready yet.
My school is trying to expand this year, so they're putting in modulars to accommodate that expansion. Additionally, they decided that it's best for the 6th grade to be kind of isolated out there in these new modulars in order to help with their adjustment to middle school, and I've been hired to be a 6th grade teacher. So, I have no idea at this point when I'll be able to get into my classroom to start setting it up. My boyfriend and I spied on the progress a couple of nights ago when we were out for dinner, and the modulars were sitting near the school, but they didn't seem to be installed yet in the area roped off for them. Since I'll be back to the school this afternoon, I'm hoping to see more progress and to hopefully be told a day that I can start coming in to set up and get familiar with both my classroom and the school. I'm not sure if this situation is better or worse than a friend of mine from my M.Ed. cohort who has also landed a job but whose administrators have changed his classroom three times already this summer. Ha! Poor guy.
So, I guess for this morning, I will try to work on planning, and my hope is that after my meeting with my "mentor" later, I will have a better idea of the direction in which I should be heading for planning.
Ta-ta for now...