This morning I woke up at 6:30 AM and started to get ready just in case. At 7AM I called my teaching agencies to let them know that I was up and ready to go (which means I was showered, deoderant was on, and thats about it....) if something comes in. They all said nothing had come in yet, but they would let me know. So I didn't really keep on getting ready thinking that I wasn't going to get a job that day, and I was headed back to bed.....20 minutes later, they called and said, "I got work for you. It is Year 2. You need to leave right now to get there in time, but you said you were ready, right?" I said, "Uh.... Yep!" When really, my makeup wasn't even on! So I got ready as quick as I possibly could, shoved a granola bar into my bag, and headed out the door.
So I ended up getting there on time, early even. Today went wonderfully! The kids were so cute and the classroom was very organized. The office workers were so helpful and nice. Most of the kids were African, some Indian, and some white. They were all darling. And the best part was that there was a teacher's aide as well as a student teacher. The student teacher had a couple lessons planned so I helped on-one-on with children and did some guided reading. Then I took over in the afternoon and there was plans made! Yay! Then we had PE and then it was time to go home. Smooth, easy, and fun day.
Some funny things I noticed today:
1. They call the dot at the end of sentences a "full stop," not a period! It makes more sense than a period I guess since a period involves tampons.....
2. They call erasers, "rubbers," construction paper, "sugar paper," the role, "the register," recess, "play time," and lunch, "afternoon dinners."
3. For P.E., the kids bring exercise clothes in change in to. I asked the student teacher, "So where do the kids change?" She said, "Oh, just here in the class." I thought that was interesting. Ya, they are only in 2nd grade, but it still seemed odd. They were stripping down to their underwear, taking off their shirts, everything. Then I asked her, "So at what year do they finally change in a bathroom with just either boys or girls?" I was thinking, it would have to be next year for sure, when they are in 3rd grade....... She said, "Oh I think they do it up to Year 5 or 6." I was shocked! Isn't that awkward? I said, "Oh....."
4. A little girl just got into her P.E. clothes and ran up to me all excited. She says, "Read what my bottom says!" Then she turns around and bends over so her butt is pointing right at me. It says, "Cheer!" on the bottom. Hilarious.
On the way home on the tube, I was playing with a lady's dog that was sitting next to me. It was small and white and so cute. It looked like Marley, my cousin Chelsea's dog. I was talking to the lady and holding the dog......when I realized I missed my stop! Hahah! I was distracted by a dog! But it was fine, cause I only missed it by one station. Some things are just more important......