Let me explain

Let me explain again why I have no immediate plans to return stateside

1. NAPTIME

My new school requires an hour of rest time…you ain’t gotta sleep but you gotta be quiet which means 95% of kids fall asleep anyways. They have cots, a nap area/pod, nap music, lights out, blankets and all. Yeah you going to sleep.

2. 90 minutes of outside play/inquiry

I haven’t seen this much dedicated to outside time expect in a research article. At best I’ve had 15 minutes.

3. 2 snacks and at least 30 minutes for lunch

Let me explain this lunch thing. I had 30 minutes for lunch but that included walking to the cafeteria, standing in line and walking back from the cafeteria. Which left the kids maybe 15 minutes to eat and really what are you eating and disgusting in 15 minutes. 2 snacks is amazing because kids play and get hungry and let’s face most kids don’t eat breakfast and lord knows when dinner will happen.

3. I have 2 additional teachers in the classroom

Wait, what 3 teachers in one classroom.

4. My class size will never go over 15.

So that’s 3 teachers and 15 kids….I am currently at 13 kids and one is on vacation until after December break. So its 12 kids. Do you know what I can do with that? Do you understand how much individualized attention and differentiation we can do.

5. I work with educators and just adults who speak English looking for a job.

This alone will keep me at my current school. I almost, nope I did, I lost my shit last year dealing with people who did not understand how NOT to teach using the curriculum and the importance of small group instruction.

6. I get planning time

I cannot stress the importance of doing your work at work. I have a child when I get home and I cannot sacrifice time with her to do work.

7. I am trusted and supported to do my job.

8. Let’s revisit the small class size and 3 teachers

We legit did nothing small groups one day. Each teacher had a table and we pulled kids to do an activity. We didn’t do large group until the end of the day. It was the best thing ever.

9. I have finally figured out the work life balance. I don’t feel overwhelmed like I did when school first started. I have found my groove and the kids are happy. I am happy.

10. Its a nice happy medium between Kuwait and the states. They take education serious without all the extra. I could stay in kindergarten a little longer with this setup.

First week of school

Day 1

Reduced schedule

Kids came in today from 9:00 to 11:30. THE BEST THING EVER. I wasn’t tired when I got home. We were able to get things done, see where the kids were and it was pretty chill.
My class: I have a total of 13 kids. One child will be on leave until December (I legit have no words for this one) I have more boys than girls. I am sure all my girls speak English my boys hung out with  each other so I do not know how many of them speak English. I share my class with a co-teacher and teacher trainee. I have a pod partner and we share a space with our kids. So essential we can team up with our kids and teach one big giant lesson or the whole KG2 team can team up and teach one big lesson.

Day 2

Reduced schedule again

I’m still claiming the best thing ever. We got so much done as a team and I got things done as a person. All my girls speak English and my boys understand English but will respond to me in Chinese. Okay that’s fine. I know what I have to work on.

 

Day 3

First full day with the kids. Oh how I have missed nap time. I only have one child who’s parents do not want him to sleep. Okay quiet activities for him. Here read this book and don’t bother those that are sleeping and don’t make no noise. I got work I can be doing. We eat lunch with the kids. This is one thing about kindergarten, we do not leave our area much during the day. Once we all get settled this should change or I will go stir crazy looking at the same area ALL DAY long. Another bonus we have 2 snacks and go outside twice, technically three times. With 3 teachers we each teach one lesson a day. AWESOMENESS!!!!!

Day 4

Got to leave early today to do what needs to be done for my residence permit. Look score another win for me.

Day 5

okay straight lost my shit today around 2:30. We got a last minute email stating xyz had to be done and sent home via email by 5:00pm. There are not enough memes to describe this nonsense. The whole school was involved in a CCA (co-curricular activity) Fair. Basically these are the extra curricular activities that will be offered this term and will be run by ALL the teachers. So 3:30 we needed to be in the Sports Hall (GYM)…. you see where I’m going with this right. So a few of us sat down and completed said document and got it finished. Some of us made the deadline some of us did not. It was by far the most frustrating thing that has happened.

Here’s the beautiful thing about working at a brand new school or working in general there are some hurdles you just can’t prepare for. Our parent communication system was to supposed to be up and running by now and all this would have not been an issue. However since it is not up and running documents have to be created to communicate with the parents who want to know what’s going on with the school and their child. I get it, I am a parent but my kid is 10 so somethings I just don’t focus on like I did when she was 5.

Bonus: my kids are ready to rock and roll. We can legit hit the ground running on Monday. They are ready to learn and have fallen into the routine. Which is super amazing. Even with all the hurdles this has been an amazing start to the school year. I have not gone home exhausted and ready to sleep from herding cats. I am exhausted because the days are long. I get home around 5. Which Kuwait had me spoiled. I was home by 3:16pm. The school day does not start until 8:45 but these kids roll up in here at 8:10 can we say free play until 8:45. I do morning meeting in English until 9:30 then we go outside for about 45 minutes. Come inside clean up and get snack. After snack they have their Chinese lesson. Clean up and have lunch. After lunch is rest time for an hour. Wake up they either do an activity, go outside, clean up and have snack. We have specials or an end of the day wrap BAM go home. It’s an “easy” work schedule it’s just I’m in the classroom ALL DAY. It’s only 12 kids so we have the opportunity to get TONS accomplished. I am excited for what the school year holds and to see how much they grow and learn.