More importantly, I have WORK to do. unlike many days where I finish it AT work,lol. Thats one major difference here though not sure thatll last forever-or at least the time I am here. We are set to turn in portfolios to be reviewed by someone,not sure who. And I started one upon arrival but stopped because things werent in place for me to do one. Im used to doing one and basically it shows that you are actually doing your job-or at least its SUPPOSED to.
Changes are trickling in. Sometimes it feels like its pouring in. Like before they were knocking but noone was opening the door but now it is and,at least at my school,its welcomed by the LTs...I suppose. Maybe I should only speak for myself :-).
One of my KG1 teachers says that she enjoys when I come to her class because I bring center activities and the kids learn. It made me feel good to hear that. Her class is very well managed and she has a calm demeaner. I hope to work with her next year. But before I get ahead of myself these are some things that need to happen so that we will have a better year next year:
- long range plans
- Arabic PDs about the new curriculum
- our Arabic HOF, word is that we should be getting them (fingers crossed)
- MATERIALS/SUPPLIES...that are reusable
- smaller classes (has been *confirmed*)
- a new schedule
My kids blow me kisses when they leave. Now they say "bye" instead of Ma Salama. My most improved student is so excited in the morning to tell me good morning in English. He smiles so big and is so excited to learn. In the beginning, I thought he would drive. me.CRAZY! ha ha. I wish I could talk to his mom and tell her about his progress.
Most of the kids have progressed. We see it and the Arabic teachers see it as well. I just hope my kids will be better prepared for 1st grade and many of us feel that time is running out. Theres time, and unlike some who tend to relax as time goes on, I will continue to work on those basic things and hope that their little brains are catching it and soaking it up!
Now I must go and work on my To Do list