On the first day, the children were given a piece of paper and told to draw a picture of what they did this summer, and write a sentence about it. I walked around the class to help the teacher (still very pregnant, but might deliver this weekend!) One of the boys was sitting there with his pencil poised, chin on his other palm, staring off in to space.
"How is your sentence going, Colin?" I asked him.
"Well, I'm trying to write 'I went on a bus to Las Vegas,' " he explained, "but I can't remember how to spell 'a.' "
On the second day, one of the girls came up to me.
"Mrs. Bakery! Natalie is tattling on me!" She whined.
"She's tattling? Oh no! What are you doing?" I asked.
"Ohhhhh..." Quieted and and seemingly confused, she sat back down at her desk.
But my favorite comes from a child with a huge imagination. Something tells me I will have lots of stories to share about him!
The first thing he did yesterday when he walked into the classroom was walk up to me with big dramatic eyes, and say, "Oh, Mrs. Rudabager, I do not like push doors."
"Push doors?" I asked, confused.
"Yeah," he said, his eyes getting big, "you know, the kind that dragons have?"
"Ohh," I nodded as if I understood, "well, I don't think we have any push doors here at school."
"You bet we don't!" He announced triumphantly, "I already slayed them with my sword!"
I can tell that it's going to be a fun substituting position! I love the kids already, and can't wait to have my turn with them :)
The last week was invaluable, though, because I got to watch the classroom teacher in action, learn her classroom cues, become familiar with the layout of the classroom and schedule, and get to know the kids.
She went to the hospital straight after school yesterday, so I may very well be taking on the class on Monday! I'm really excited!
Here are my names so far in first grade: Mrs. Bakery, Mrs. Blueberry, Mrs. Rudabager, and Mrs. Uhhhh, Teacher?