So right now most of those shelves are filled with student textbooks, and there are some books for reading on the bookshelf closest to the door. I have some rules posted on the green board next to the shelves, and a few things on the blackboard, but that's about it.
I have yet to use the IWB, but I want to figure it out ASAP because I think it will be a real help-- even if it's just projecting the student book on the screen. I can also use it for a "morning message" type thing, which had me kind of stumped since they don't have big pads of chart paper and I don't have time to write much on the board in the morning.
It has been quite a challenging week-- I have had some good moments, but lots of really hard ones. Aside from the ordinary issue of getting into a groove with the textbooks (Wednesdays they have the whole morning with me, doing Language Arts, Math, and Science/Social Studies, mostly via exercises in the book-- deadly!) it is also a difficult group for a number of reasons I won't share here. (Incidentally, I never did set up a password-protected blog-- I just don't think I will have the time to write much. I do need to keep anecdotal records and class diaries etc. on paper, but online, probably won't get to it.) Anyway, today after classes finished I went over to the teacher who had this group for the past two years to see if she had any suggestions, and she and her grade level partner offered support and said I was in for a really tough year. Oh joy. Let's see if I can get through it okay (and hopefully Inspection won't come until things are a bit more under control...)
Budget cuts have meant that not only is the school down one teacher from what they had last year, but also when someone is absent no subs are called until the absence has gone on for more than ten school days. In the meantime, we have to sub for each other in our "free" periods (which aren't really free, because in October we start up with tutoring small groups of struggling students in that time.) I only have two per week, and the first week of school I already had to sub for a small-group alternative to religion class of 3rd graders. I was going to have to do a 4th grade science class another day, but that day I had to leave early to get some paperwork done so I didn't do it. I suppose it could be a good way to get experience with different grade levels. I know my grade level partner will be out tomorrow, so I may end up subbing for one of her classes (either with her students or with one of the other classes she teaches-- like me, she also teaches two sections of 2nd grade English and one English for 5-year olds.)
And now I should be preparing for tomorrow, rather than blogging! TGIF (or, TGIAlmostF!)
ETA: But of course I had to check the teaching forum, and yet another budget measure was confirmed. If we miss work due to a medically-justified absence, we lose 50% of our daily pay for each of the first three consecutive days out. From day 4 to day 20, we get paid 75%, and after that, we get full pay for subsequent consecutive days. However, the money they are saving due to our illness/accident/etc will not be used to pay subs who can adequately attend our students-- since, as I mentioned earlier, subs will not be sent until ten consecutive days of absence.