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If I could I would do some.The simpler thing would be just to talk with my coteacher and tell her how I feel. Actually, the cartwheels would be easier because she doesnt speak english.

After teaching 1.5+ years by  myself in kg, I liked it (for the obvious, or not so obvious reasons). My classes were good-even if they didnt start off that way. I loved my classes and the kids as we had bonded and were very close.I was tickled at how we could laugh and joke while neither speaking very much of the other language.The hugs and kisses I got daily, the questions about why I was absent and the statements about them not coming to school if I wasn't all let me know that I was doing what I came here to do.

So finding out I was getting a teacher full time was a little unsettling.Its hard to work with an adult all day. Yes, harder even than working with 20+ four year olds. She came and observed a little before settling in. Shes been at school for awhile now.I havent really counted but I wanted to give this whole thing time before I came to a conclusion about how I felt.

It didnt take long before I realized I was very happy to have her in my room.well, our room,lol.She engages the kids throughout the day.Not just during Arabic times. She reads a book and they discuss it with her. After which, she reads through it again. She redirects behavior by pulling wayward kids to work with her on small group activities or goes to sit in centers and pulls items off the shelf to form impromptu small group activities.

She uses more than words to introduce concepts to them.Which makes sense because they are unable to think abstractly at this point. She doesnt overly translate, she works before school starts and after the kids go for dismissal. She MAKES THINGS! I was floored to find she made an Arabic bingo game like the one I had in English.

I told the principal that she is really good and that we need to keep her. Shes taught before but upper grades-I think 12. Shes a long term sub but I wish they would give her the training so that she could be a legit, permanent teacher.Well, assuming she wants that.

This worked out so well. Better than I could have imagined or hoped for. Im thankful He is watching out for me. 3rd year teaching and counting :-)


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