Well, Classroom Setup Day 4 is over! I cannot even explain how exhausted I am. I just took two Tylenol because I had no Dayquil, since I may be getting sick out of exhaustion, and it was hard to wake up since my legs were so sore from all the labor all week. People don’t realize how much physical energy is required setting up a classroom (especially if you’ve moved classrooms!) This is my third classroom for my third year teaching this year and I have a feeling we’ll be moving again next year. I think it’s gonna be crazy easy when I have the same classroom two years in a row!
We had open house today, where the students and parents come in to meet the teacher and see the classroom. Normally, I stress out, but this year I made sure to take it easy and do a little more than my version of the bare minimum. My classroom is colorful and pretty, even though not everything is up yet…and although it’s not “perfect” for Open House in my standards, it’s a lot better than what other people have done to their classrooms. I don’t know why everyone else’s classrooms suck so bad. I’d like some better rivalry! Don’t these teachers know we’re all competing?
The parents seem pretty normal so far. No one strikes me as crazy and of course I put on my “I’m the energetic, friendly, positive, happy elementary school teacher who loves glitter!” face. Actually, a student’s grandmother asked if I took a Valium because I was “so smiley” and “couldn’t stop smiling”. I actually was genuinely excited, and was trying to get my personality to distract parents away from the few unpacked boxes lingering behind my desk.
My future students were extra super cute! I love the fourth grade. They are at such a perfect age because they are still so kid-like (meaning they don’t have the attitude adolescents have), yet they are so much more independent and more fun to talk to than those Kindergartner or First Grade Squeaks who make up nonsense knock knock jokes. My 4th graders can actually tell me FUNNY jokes!
And now for the worst part: One of my students walked in with his mother and grandmother, and another man who I assumed was the grandfather. You are not supposed to assume people’s relationships! I don’t know what I was thinking, but somehow I blurted out “So, are you a grandparent?” and he politely, with a smile, told me he was the uncle. THE UNCLE!! And then I took a closer look at him and realized OMG, HE’S SO YOUNG. What kind of a person asks someone if they’re a grandparent?! Well, that would be me! I was so embarrassed and started uncontrollably talking about….something I don’t remember. He’ll always remember me as the stupid, ditzy, air headed elementary school teacher in her la-la crayon world.
Anyways, let’s end on a positive note. A mom said I looked too young to be a teacher, another mom said I was beautiful, another mom said the room looked great, most people smiled around at the classroom, and overall I think everyone liked me. What, you think this sounds like the writing of a freshman in high school? It’s true- I think everyone, parents and kids, all liked me! :)