Hello and happy Saturday. Going back to school has been a wild ride, and not just because of work-related stuff. I feel like there’s someone looking at me from up there and saying “well, she’s finally stable again, let’s shake things up a bit,” because man, I can’t seem to get a break. Work is awesome, just so you know, but I feel like I need something to lighten up my mood and give my little brain a little break. This is why today I bring you a very fluffy and light-hearted post in which I’ll tell you what I’ve done and I haven’t done based on this post. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Never have I ever… cleaned out my classroom in under 12 minutes on the last day of school. It’s summer, baby!
I don’t have a classroom yet. I mean, technically, I do, but my students are still on vacation, so this is a NEVER for me. I will experience the bliss of having to clean my classroom a lot throughout this year, but that’s going to happen later on.
2. Never have I ever…had a student bring me bouquets of dandelions after recess. So sweet!
I have. I worked at a school where I had to wear a coat, so I’d thread the flowers in the button-holes (that doesn’t sound right, someone help me) or put them on my ear so that they’d look like they were a part of my hair. That being said, I don’t like when kids take the flowers to give them to me.
3. Never have I ever …felt pure joy and giddiness over my own new school supplies. Flair Pens! Sharpies! Highlighters! Post-Its! Swoon!
Hello, my name is Camila and I’m addicted to school supplies. In fact, I have previously posted about them and I have some other great posts about teacher essentials coming up.
4. Never have I ever… had to use the EpiPen. Teachers are trained to use it, and every one of them hopes they never need to.
No. I was going through some of this questions with my man, who is going to become a teacher soon, and I told him that in Colombia the situation when handling medicine is very strict. Only the nurse can administer drugs to students and only when parents have authorized. I have not been trained to use it, and as far as I know, my students don’t carry one. When it comes to allergies, we are informed of them, but they are mostly food allergies, which are handled by the school’s nutritionist.
5. Never have I ever… stood by an open window or doorway in my classroom to get a break from the aroma of 20+ sets of armpits and feet. And let’s not even get into the farts.
I have worked with young boys and with teenagers, so you can imagine the amount of smells that can get trapped in a single classroom. This year, I bought a “home perfume” from L’Occitane, which I hope helps to have the classroom smelling as fresh and clean as possible.
6. Never have I ever…been slightly freaked out by a student based on the personal items they brought to school.
I have been blessed when it comes to my students and how normal they are. I’m sure the teenagers brought all sorts of stuff, but they didn’t show them to me (thankfully). As for the little kids, no, never.
7. Never have I ever… spent an inordinate amount of time on classroom decorations.
I actually haven’t started decorating my classroom and I’m kind of freaking out about it. I will have time next week, but seriously, there are four bags full of stuff sitting down on my bedroom floor, looking all sad because I haven’t been able to put them to use. I can’t go into my classroom on a weekend to decorate my classroom or stay after hours like teachers in the States do, so I have to be super efficient with the little time I’ll be given.
8. Never have I ever…tried to come up with a way to work movies or outdoor play into a day’s lesson plans because all the brains in the room need a break, mine included.
Obviously, and whoever says otherwise is lying. I love playing movies in the classroom and there are times when movie time is needed because kids are exhausted, or we’re done with the topic and it’s not worth to start a new one when we only have a few days before going on vacation. I actually used to schedule a movie-viewing time with my kids for Christmas. And yes, they all celebrated Christmas because it was a Catholic school.
9. Never have I ever …wished I could bring the laminating machine home with me.
I laminate by hand, even though in this new school I work at we can get things laminated. The truth is, I don’t know how often I’ll be using this service because those things take time. I would rather use my roll of contact paper and do it myself.
10. Never have I ever… totally killed it without a lesson plan.
No. I am still a pretty newbie teacher to get to that level. I also deal with anxiety, so I just can’t walk into a classroom without a plan and try to wing it. In the cases where I’ve had to cover for a teacher, I’ve just tried to use something I’d already planned. Sometimes I also give the students the class to do their own thing.
That’s the end of part one, so stay tuned for the rest. In the comments below, answer some of these based on your own experience.
Love, Miss Camila