1. I learned that I can create at least one literacy center that includes the SMARTboard.
2. I learned that I really need a prep each day to stay connected and on top of my classwork.
3. I learned that a walk around the track at lunch can make a 35 minute lunch hour seem really long and way more pleasant than if I sit in my classroom for the same time period.
4. I learned (again) that I need to keep myself organized if I will ever stay on top of all the work I have to do.
5. I learned that I may not be able to do that if I arrive on time and leave on time, without staying extra hours at one end of the day. Especially without a prep period in the middle of the day.
6. I learned that if I give Dominique a good book she will be quiet and read it rather than constantly disturbing the class with her irrelevant comments.
7. I learned that no matter how much a student promises not to talk if I let her sit by her friend, she will talk. She has to. Expecting her to not talk is like expecting a mosquito to not bite me. It has to.
8. I learned (maybe again) that if I call a parent and tell them what I like about their child before I tell them what the child did wrong, which is why I’m really calling, they will be on my side right away in helping to deal with their child’s behavior issue.
9. I learned again that having small journals that the students share with science and English is a really good idea because they always have them in their backpacks. They come to get them if they forget them in the classroom. Is that because their being part of two classes gives added perceived value, or is it because the science teachers are meaner than the English teacher (me) and they fear getting in trouble if the lose the journals?
10. I learned that when I make a effort to get to know the emotionally fragile autistic student, he is less emotionally fragile around me. He is more willing to work with me.
11. I learned that a little boy sees a tomato hornworm as a thing of breathtaking beauty, where I see it as a great squishy intruder. From this I remembered how much our perception focuses our experience. I hope I don’t forget this.
That’s all I know for now. I’ll learn more next week, I’m sure.