It's already time for another Currently, which absolutely shocks me - time has flown by before my very eyes!
I have a new little friend in my class - it is very apparent he knows absolutely nothing. He could use another year of Kindergarten but unfortunately, he's six already which would make him a seven year old Kindergarten graduate. Probably not a good idea.
So, I'm finding myself in the unique position of teaching a multi-age class-without the designation of being a combination multi-age class. I have this little guy (who literally cannot write his name, knows 3 letters of the alphabet, zero sounds, and the number 1 - seriously...). Then, I have another group of kids who are starting second grade math because they need some serious challenging. (Don't forget that I started the school year with my little special needs guy too - but he comes with a 1:1 aide, and he's just a doll!). In addition to all this differentiation, I also have regular first graders, doing regular first grade "stuff", some of whom need extra help just like any regular classroom. Oh! And I also tutor twice a week after school to help one of my dear little friends who needs extra help.
I've always made a joke that the classroom runs with three people - Me,, Myself, and I - but this year, I could really use those three people! Ah, well, it will work out - either that, or I'll find myself collapsing in a puddle in the middle of the classroom and the first graders will step over me on the way to centers. :)
I DO apologize for not keeping up on the blog but between life, my struggles with my eye, and the ever increasing demands of my classroom, I just have not been able to fit this in. I DO, however, read all your blogs and enjoy you all tremendously. Once again, I vow that I will do better and write more often.
I used to be a big letter writer - do you ever think that the blogs are our new way to send letters to each other, filling each other in on our lives? Consider it a "mass" letter to dear friends, if you will. I (hopefully) will talk to you all soon!
Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions for a poor teacher with a new student who can't do a thing, I'd very much appreciate it!