I survived my first back to school night.
I’m not sure how I did it.
When I was an aide, I loved meeting the parents. I still do, I just don’t like talking in front of a group. Luckily, only two sets of parents came, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
These were my opening lines: “After I found out I got this teaching job, I was excited for about five seconds. Then I realized I would have to do back to school night. Whatever happens tonight, I promise I am much better at teaching your children than I am at talking to you.”
Thankfully, they laughed, and that helped. I didn’t stumble on any words, which was a huge surprise, as I constantly trip over my words, and I didn’t turn bright red, which was another huge surprise.
I have been working sixteen hours a day nonstop. This is the only thing I have made for TPT since whenever I posted the self-monitoring behavior board.
Speaking of the board, it is helping one student, but not the other. When student A gets to yellow, he can take it back to green. Student B repeats, “I don’t want to be on red. Red is bad. I don’t want to be on red. Red is bad.” Over and over. I never said red was bad, just that it would mean they had to take a break and calm down. But, I can definitely see his line of thinking! I stopped that with him. Time for something new!
Anyway, here is my new product. I made it for my students who need to work on one-to-one correspondence and counting. There are ten mats, and you can use any manipulatives you have sitting around for it.
Have a wonderful week!