So, I posted about possibly changing classes in the fall. I did end up talking to my director and assistant director and got the position teaching the 4 year old class in the fall. Well, exactly 4 days later the current 4's teacher put in her two weeks notice! So, instead of staying in the infant class until after our big STARS assessment I was moved immediately over to the 4 year old room. I'm working off of my own lesson plan, they were happy with what I put on it and she said my lesson plan for next week is good as well. I'm reading a 440 page book with all the grading explanations for our assessment and taking notes. And I'm totally panicking about being picked to be observed!
I am giving the kids a week to get used to the idea of me being their teacher. Then I need to start a serious cleanliness training class. The book states about 6 times that if a sink is used to both wash hands for eating and after toileting that they need to turn the water off with their paper towel. I think it might take a full 3 weeks to get them used to this! Ugh, this is going to be a challenge. All of the other stuff I'm fine with. It's a noisy class so if I'm picked I have to find a way to get their attention (that actually works) other than simply speaking louder than them. I have no idea how Michelle tried to discipline them but this particular group is a bit out of control. Sigh... I have 12 on roll but one is leaving in 2 weeks to spend the summer with his grandparents and then go to a new school with his big sister. Two kids will be out because they don't come on Tuesdays. It leaves me with 9 kids that day, can't be too hard, right? I've got the assistant director's daughter who is... well, sassy. Her mom says it too, she admits she has trouble with her. I've got another teacher's son who is most definitely going to be diagnosed with ADHD later on but at 4 years old we just work around it because he's still a little guy.
I can do this, right? The lesson plan, making sure the room is ready, interacting with the kids... I have no trouble with those things. Just getting them to always use soap, turn the water off with their paper towel and not do gross things like lick other friends (yup, happened yesterday) are going to be my challenges. Sigh, I've got to find some transition songs and FAST!!!