Today I returned to the classroom that I was working in all fall. It was so nice to see the students. It has only been a few weeks really since I last chatted with them but they seem to have grown in the last few weeks. It was fun to see.
I found I am not the best one day reserve teacher. I think I have taught to long. The fall was great. The regular teacher was on leave and I was setting the agenda and building the plans. Today I was just stepping in so she could visit the doctor. She was the planner and creator of the days lessons.
Her lessons were fine – I just realize that I must have a very different style of thinking and creating lessons. I just could not get my head around her plan for the day. The day felt out of sync to me.
I have my rituals and routines for how I start a day, how I set up the community and build what type of day will we have. On a regular reserve day I could have done this but today their teacher was there to begin the day and then she left leaving me to finish off the day.
I never could get settled and so late morning when it was just the students and I we returned to a morning greeting, check in and set the tone for the rest of the day. We pulled out our writing notebooks from the fall and did a writing lesson on similes using Owl Moon, a lesson I had taught in another classroom.
Ahhh – It felt good to settle back into what works for me. It was funny but I think the kids needed that as well. They were unsure how to handle the two of us that they care about so much but who have very different styles.
I do think students are more flexible than we are as adults. At least this class has learned to work with a variety of teachers – a good skill to have. I just haven’t learned to work with a variety of lesson plans.
Lesson learned for the day: I was right – when I do one day reserve teaching again I should bring some of my own teaching ideas, and books to read. Always have a few writing and reading ideas that feel right. When I feel at ease so do the students.