I meant to blog about the first couple days of school last week, but as I said yesterday, I was wiped. I feel like I finally caught my breath during the weekend- just in time to start another week. 😉
Going into this school year, I knew there were going to be some major changes to get used to this year. For one, our school district got a bond passed last year which included a one-to-one technology initiative for students. Each student in elementary school would have an iPad to work on, and students in middle and high school would get a MacBook Air to use. Our sixth graders got their MacBooks yesterday, and it’s a big learning curve- both for students and teachers.
Further, if you read my posts this summer, you saw me mention that this year’s sixth grade class is 80% boys. I was a little leery of how this would change the typical classroom dynamics.
After three days of school last week, here’s what I’m thinking:
This year is going to be chaotic…and exhausting.
I see about 95 kids throughout the day (I have five class periods) and wowza, it’s a lot of boys. That’s an obvious one right?! I mean the class is 80% boys so I’m bound to have a bunch, but it didn’t hit me until they were in my classroom just how many that is. In a typical classroom size of 21-24 students, I have only about five girls in each.
And believe me, it makes a difference.
Sixth grade boys are fun and can be so sweet, but man, this year’s group is more fidgety, more talkative, and more goofy than any other group I’ve had. By my seventh hour class (the last class of the day), my boys literally cannot sit still. They need to be moving and are antsy to leave school. I’m going to have to get very creative to incorporate more moving activities in language arts. 🙂
It also seems like the grade, as a whole, has never been disciplined in the classroom. They don’t stop talking when the teacher talks and they don’t listen to directions. I know that some of it is bound to happen when dealing with this age group, but it’s way worse than usual. It’s like the rules don’t apply to them.
Don’t get me wrong- I have so many great students. They are funny and full of energy. They just don’t stop talking.
My coworkers and I have said that we need to start in on the detentions this week to whip them into shape, and I’m hoping that works. (Not feeling too hopeful yet, though after what I’ve seen from them.)
The other funny thing about this year is that I finally feel more relaxed about school stuff. For the past two years, I have been anxious to get everything planned and stressed that I’m not doing enough, etc. I already feel more of a calm this year that everything will get done and there’s no use worrying. I guess that means I’m finally getting this teacher thing down! (Talk to me next week, and I might be back to worrying, but as of right now, I’m embracing this calm, cool, and collected thing!).
So there you have it- many boys in class equals chatty, restless energy.
Pray for me to whip these kids into shape real soon so that I have some ounce of sanity left by the end. 😉
Check in tomorrow to see a few decorations and bulletin board ideas that I’ve used this year in my classroom!
Have a great day!
Question of the Day: Do you agree with giving students this young a technology device to use during school?