Saturday, September 15, 2007
Ok, this is my last post today. I have a zillion things to do both in my yard and in my book bag. But at least now I am almost caught up on my blog. For those of you who read this who are teachers you know how this first month of school is; chaotic, demanding, busy, busy, busy! Well, add to that a teacher with a cyst on a vocal cord (that's me) and you have one 'wiped out' woman by 4:00 everyday. Yes, I am seeing an otolarongologyst (Throat Dr.) and a voice therapist but nothing is really working yet although I did feel less tired on Thurs. and Friday when the principal brought in a 'karaoke' style system to amplify my voice. I have a 504 plan written to get me a wireless system to amplify my voice but the district never moves very fast so who knows when that will arrive. Till then I am making do. I have 27 fabulous kindergarteners, full of energy and enthusiasm. Only one little boy cried and that was only briefly. I saw 2 teary eyed moms the first day too. But everyone is falling into the groove and a couple kids are even testing me. Woe is me! Some of you who look for pictures of my students may be disappointed but I have not asked parental permission to have children's pictures on my blog and I want to respect their privacy. I know there are professional, legal ways to have a classroom blog and I am investigating those possibilities. Before I head off to my household chores I have one first week classroom story to share:
Porter comes up to me saying, "Mrs. Goethe, Mrs. Goethe, Sabrina said the F word!"
I call Sabrina over to me. "Sabrina did you say a 'not very polite' word to Porter?"
She nods her head solomnly. I am still a bit doubtful; this just doesn't sound like her.
"Sabrina, whisper the word in my ear," I say. "Bottom," she replies.
After an inside chuckle, a sigh of relief , and a few words of caution about the various meanings of 'bottom' and what is acceptable and what is not, I send her back to her table.
So there is a quick insight of who needs to work on letters and letter sounds!