One Sunflower

so how did it go?

on July 19, 2011

(see yesterday’s post for more context)
Scene 1
8:20       Four teachers running around like their heads are cut off.  One calm assistant sitting at the secretary’s desk answering phone calls from parents whose children have missed the bus.  They weren’t prepared for an early summer timeline of school beginning at 8:30 instead of 9:00.

Scene 2
8:40       50 students, aged 6 to 11 sitting on the rug in a room where the furniture is stacked against the walls, singing a familiar song with their beloved music teacher.  Her presence is an incredible bonus for a program often staffed with teachers the students haven’t met before.

Scene 3
10:00      Students making their way to the cafeteria for their snack, weaving through a maze of equipment lining the hallways.
“Where did all this stuff come from?” Michelle asks.
“Well, the custodian has pulled it out from all the classrooms so he can clean everything, including the carpet.”
“Wow, I didn’t know he did that!”An example of another form of information the students gain at summer school.

Scene 4
11:40       Five ex-fifth graders, newly graduated from the school, are sitting in a circle with the teachers eating pizza and drinking pop.  These students volunteered to be teacher-helpers for the summer session and are gathered for a brief orientation, including a discussion about confidentiality. After meeting together as a group, each student goes with the teacher they are assigned to in order to find out how they can support the teacher in the classroom.

Scene 5 (I saved the best for last)
12:10      Sheila, my student assistant, is hugging herself nervously, as she sits in a desk across from me.  After telling her about what I hope to have the students doing each day, I ask her how she would like to help.   “Well I love to do math and science and poetry.  And I want to do a reading group, you know, talk with the kids about the title and the pictures in the book, ask them questions, and read with expression.  I practice all the time at home.”

Scene 6
12:15     Me with my mouth open in amazement and delight.

written for challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers


6 responses to “so how did it go?

  1. Linda Baie says:

    Love the timing way you wrote. It seems that you will have a delightful time with this summer time happening! FYI-your post isn’t coming up on the ‘slice’ site.

  2. elsie says:

    You did save the best for last, lucky you! Sounds like Sheila has had lots of good instruction in her past and is continuing. Have fun and enjoy the kids learning. Your description in the beginning brought me back to many summer school starts, somewhat chaotic but with excitement in the air.

  3. Donna Smith says:

    Hey, it was a surprise to me too my first year, when I learned that they moved all the furniture out and washed carpets. They stopped doing that after a couple of years when the carpets didn’t dry and mold started billowing up on them!
    Sounds like Sheila is going to be great! What a nice idea to have 5th graders volunteering to help out. I’ll have to mention that at my “old” school.

  4. Donna Smith says:
    Your post has /2011/07/18 instead of 19 on SOL. Just need to put the correct link in.

  5. blkdrama says:

    What a blast of positive school energy at a time when there’s so much frustration!

  6. grade4wizard says:

    It sounds like a promising first day. The camp is going to be great. Scene 5 certainly was the best.

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