So I was in Barnes and Noble today as as usual I went for the education books and started browsing there. The books there are interesting and some of them I have read and there are some that I would rather remember to take out of the library, but I am forever disappointing that there are none for me. The books seem to be aimed at teachers of higher grades like middle school and high school. I just want an inspiring story about teaching preschool and maybe just maaaaaaaaaaybe teaching somewhere where the students are mostly ELL while the teacher only speaks English. According to the bf, this is a very specific want and I may just have to team up with people and write it myself.
Anyone know of any books that deal with teaching preschool? or Headstart?
So today was a day. After waking up three times last night(once from the heat being too high and causing some anxiety and twice from bad dreams) I dragged myself into work. Without coffee. Because I decided to be on a path to health. After three hours of filing, I went into the classroom and there, my kids started draaaaaaaagging themselves in. They all seemed to feel that it was Monday and were unfocused, slow, and walking like zombies. One of the last ones in came in screaming and fighting, apparently because he had busted his lip open at home and didnt want to be stared at. Screamed “mommyyyyyyyyyyyy” over and over for an hour. AN HOUR. I sat on the floor for an hour rubbing his back and talking at him about anything I could think of to talk about while my zombies had lunch, cleaned up, and had circle time with my TA. Finally he calmed down, and I decided to scrap the plans for the day and take out every calm sensory activity I could think of. I filled the water table with warm water and soap, I put out playdough, puzzles, shaving cream, and paint. I put on soft slow music and it was actually successful. The kids were quiet and content, my monster was pacified, and we were able to have a good story time later on. I definitely learned my lesson though and will be stopping for coffee tomorrow.
So, I am reaching out for advice. When I walked into my new job in August, the teacher who is sharing a room with me said “this is how the room is set up” and that has been the tone for the whole year so far. I have a drawer and a bulletin board. I was given a cabinet but she likes to throw things in it. As in junk or things that should be out in the centers but she has taken out for one reason or another. We do not plan the same topics of studies so I make sure anything I use that’s theme specific can be taken out before my pm class starts and then put away at the end of the day. She has taken it upon herself to decorate the room in her theme this month. So my kids are distracted and asking what everything is. She comes in and reminds everyone that everything is hers (“don’t lean on that shelf that’s mine” “don’t play with that toy like that its mine”) and when I do leave anything out it winds up in her closet which she has a child lock on, seemingly as a warning to keep out.
It’s my first year as a preschool teacher and I’m finding it very hard to share the room and make sure that some of me is in it and it feels like my students classroom in the afternoons. Any advice or stories from people who have had to share rooms? I’m not really looking to cross this woman so I’m pretty determined to just stick it out for the year and try not to go back next year. But I could use a good story or something to help with the miserable feeling I get when I think about it….
So people have had that student that makes you so crazy you start rethinking everything right? The behavior kid who you cannot find enough resources for? The one who needs something that you feel like you just aren’t able to give because you aren’t sure what it is? maybe?? I could use some stories right about now…