I get this question a lot. When people see my new class it's just nature, I guess if they know what my old class was like for them to ask. Let's see here are some observations.
The new class is a lot of fun. They have some issues, because they're human. But by in far I think we have more fun. Not sure the "workshop" theme would've went over so well in 4th. Might have tried a castle or race car theme. Oddly enough both genders like the workshop.
My old class knew a lot more than these ones did, just by default because they were almost 2-3 years older. I can't be quick to assume that a second grader does know something. They may honestly not have heard it before.
Every group of kids cry. Some because they are angry. Some because they are sad or feel like they are being picked on.
The pressure to do well on the "TEST" is gone, but it's just been replaced with a ton of other little gnats. I have got to get a grip on my lesson plans. I had a good, ok, fair developing system in 4th grade. Now I have to really pull my weight and I just don't feel as if I've got enough space in my life to figure it all out.
Second graders like to be seen by their teacher. It never ceases to amaze me how the one that really makes you have to go pray for a better attitude will be the first one to run up and hug you in the lunch room. (I always check to make sure my wallet is still safe) Fourth graders do that as well, but not to the degree as the little ones.
Little kids conversations are TOTALLY different from their upper grade counterparts. I don't remotely miss overhearing some of the things my old class talked about. My new class literally talk about horses and football. Can't beat a good ole horse and football chit chat.
Everything seemed to be funny to my 4th grade class. They were always trying to make a joke out of something. I've been warmly surprised that my new class is able to move past somethings and not make it a LOLROTFMIT (Laughing out loud rolling on the floor missing instruction time) issue. Even today I gave them permission to laugh and be silly because they were so laid back I wanted make sure it was my class and not some alien impostors. Aliens have great senses of humor.
That crazy bucket idea coupled with a 3 day goal to focus on a particular rule and follow it to the letter have been working like a champ. I'm really surprised how well these kiddos adapt to my ideas and make them their own. The edges are still rough, but not as bad as I thought.
This week was supposed to be my week. I have a lot of planning time and I figured I could get ahead. That doesn't look like it's going to happen so I will need to figure out another way to get ahead on my plans. Not discouraged or set back by it. I will get a grip on this and next year will be all the better because I've developed better habits. It's all about habits.
My secret angel is working on Whitaker's Workshop 2.0. I can't believe all that she didn't set up the first time. Maybe I can come into the school over the weekend.
Speaking of habits. I've been MIA from Crossfit SouthCobb this week. But I did get a good workout at home today and have another one planned tomorrow. Eating great on day 10. Did have some fries, but I'll burn them off trying to heard cats, I mean get 2nd graders to line up.