First Day Jitters

Hi all

 

I am trying to figure out how I can encourage the kids to talk about their feelings, worries, concerns, excitement, happiness, wonderings and all sorts from day one. 

I found these two snippets on Youtube that showcase the nerves and excitement of the first day.

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and I really love this one…

I’m thinking of using these snippets to start a conversation about their feelings about being back at school. 

What do you do to ease nerves on the first day?

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First day

My emotions about starting school went from wanting it to start yesterday and to get in and get my hands dirty, to utter dread. I was so nervous and just lost all interest in it all together. 

My first official day at the school was on Wednesday (23rd January). I met all of the staff and they were just lovely. I felt a little caught in the middle though. I was in a room full of lovely people, who are so kind, but they did not know me at all. They were all so excited to see each other and I was caught in between conversations they had with each other, that I knew nothing about. So many people came up to me and introduced myself which I was so grateful for, however, I cannot remember the last time I was in a room, being the only new person. That’s who I am, the new girl. Being quite young (in comparison to the people in the room), I also felt like I had to prove myself a little, as I just felt so out of place. 

Recently, I found the TED app for my iPad. I am HOOKED on watching the speakers, I really am. This video, 

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are 

is what significantly changed that mindset. Watch it, it will get you thinking, and you’ll understand this next part. 

Before I went to school on Friday, I stood in the mirror and acted out the ‘power’ poses. I stood with my arms in the air, as I ate my breakfast, I sat relaxed and opened, not hunched over the table, scooping up my muesli and drinking my coffee. 

Wow. I joined in on conversations. I asked more questions. I approached new people and said, ‘Everyone seems to know my name but I haven’t met you properly yet, what grade do you teach?’ I got a little angry with myself as I worked in retail for years and had to walk up to strangers on a daily basis and find out all sorts of things about them. In that environment, though, I ‘owned’ the space, it was ‘mine’ and they were ‘guests’. In this environment, while I am not a ‘guest’ and I work there just as much as my colleagues, I’m not familiar and they have a very tight-knit community.

Either way, that video made me think about how I was presenting myself. As Amy Cuddy says, you don’t need to have the same body language all the time, it’s more about having the body language for a short while to trick your brain a little. 

I am proud to say that Amy was right. “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”

I think for a little while longer I will need to keep up these ‘power poses’. 

Stay tuned for photos of my classroom!

Jemma

Literacy stations

I am currently in the process of getting my head around literacy activities for Grade One. The school I am at follows the ‘Magic Words’ sight word lists (new to me) so am in the process of familiarising myself with them and creating activities based on these words (to work within the literacy program). 

 

I just discovered this blog, Mrs. Kelly’s Kindergarten, Another Round of Literacy Work Stations, online and am stealing a few ideas. 

 

Any literacy work activities that you use in your classroom that you’d like to share?

Placemats

The school where I am teaching at next year has provided a fair few things for me already. One thing that can be quite expensive (or if you make your own, very time consuming), are placemats or name places for each child’s desk.

The school where I am teaching at has made them, specific to my requirements. All that I am required to do is to write the children’s names on and send them back to the school to be laminated.

While I am battling the heat and a head cold, I am bunkered in the air conditioning writing the children’s names on the placemats. I am working so slowly and carefully to get the hand writing correct for my Year Ones next year!

How are you preparing for your classroom next year?

Jemma