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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Today is my last day of sanity and to sleep in for awhile.....

I have 21 2nd graders. I already met them and the teacher. They all seem so great!

Any advice so I don't wear myself out?!?!

How can I stay chipper like those that teach the young are supposed to be?


post #2 of 23
Lots of echinacea. Every person I know who works with kids (teachers, teaching assistants, etc.) caught everything under the sun their first year.

Good luck to you--can't wait to hear how it goes!
post #3 of 23
I don't have advice for you but good luck and let us know how it goes
post #4 of 23
Oooh yay! I'm so excited for you - good luck! Let us know how it goes!
post #5 of 23
Good luck - I hope it goes ok. How old are 2nd graders? Little kids or big ones?
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by mamacat
Lots of echinacea. Every person I know who works with kids (teachers, teaching assistants, etc.) caught everything under the sun their first year.

Good luck to you--can't wait to hear how it goes!
I have some experience working with young children (not a lot) but from the experience I do have, this is my advice:

Yes, echinacea is good. Also, take a mult-vitamin everyday, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water, and carry around some hand sanitizer with you. You really need to keep your immune system strong when you are working with little kids.

Be aware that working with kids there are bound to be lots of mishaps, mistakes, and accidents but it's all a part of the experience (theirs and yours), so don't let these things get you down.

Oh and, if you can, give yourself 15-30 minutes to get away from the kids. I found a little break (even a walk around the block) helped refresh me.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!! What I love about kids is how they can open up parts of yourself you forgot were there -- your imagination, your creativity, and your sense of wonder. They also can be extremely honest and extremely open with their affection for you. Let yourself enjoy these parts of your job and don't get bogged down in the little things like runny noses and bruised knees!

Good luck! You'll be great!
post #7 of 23
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Beth - 2nd graders are kids in 7 - 8 year age range....not too young, but not big kids either....the way I like it...potty trained (not many little accidents), but not sassy!

LOL

P.S. - I already take multi-vitamins, calcium, potassium, garlic, and magnesium everyday!

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by sofiecusion
Beth - 2nd graders are kids in 7 - 8 year age range....not too young, but not big kids either....the way I like it...potty trained (not many little accidents), but not sassy!

LOL
I was guessing so, but I'm not familiar with the US system. I teach 18+ Uni students, they're great because if they're troublesome we're under no obligation to teach them. The years between 7/8 and 18 I don't think I'd enjoy teaching too much - too much attitude and no way of getting rid of them

Best of luck - I did a bit of teaching with 5/6 year olds when I was younger - they were great!
post #9 of 23


my bfs little sister is a 7 yr old and she is driving me nuts
the worst thing is, is that she thinks im a little kid too

good luck, id love to be a little kids teacher, teaching abc and 123
post #10 of 23
Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to make mistakes! And enjoy the kids, laugh and have a good time!
post #11 of 23
I have no advice, I just wanted to wish you good luck!!!
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by SnowLeop
Most importantly, HAVE FUN!! What I love about kids is how they can open up parts of yourself you forgot were there -- your imagination, your creativity, and your sense of wonder. They also can be extremely honest and extremely open with their affection for you. Let yourself enjoy these parts of your job.
Such wonderful advice Colleen and from everyone! This is what I was going to say, though. Working with children is just so wonderful, yet sometimes can be quite trying to your patience! Remember how precious each and everyone of these children are!
Congratulations on your big day, you're going to be fabulous! Please let us know how it goes!
post #13 of 23
Drink Vodka, they wont smell that.. Just kidding! It sounds like you are going to have your hands full with 21 of them though! I thought a few cats was rough, but I can't fully appreciate what your going to have to deal with trying to manage 21 running, screaming, biteing, hitting, crying and a few sweet children. Lets hope there are more nice ones then mean ones. However, if you get any that tell you that you have a big butt, don't let it bother you. That just seems to be what some kids say now a days.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
LOL....I'm sure they'd notice if I drank from my "water" bottle all day!!! LOL

Well, today was fine. I mainly observed and helped our where I needed to. They have so much energy. An EBD student asked me to help double knot his shoes and he flipped out at me saying I wasn't doing it the way "he" wanted. I guess they think he may be OCD as well. He also threw a fit in the hallway and took off into the bathroom. The specialist and HER student teacher (the only other one at that same school) came and got him. He threw a fit in the morning too. Guess that is to be expected after a long weekend.


Other than that, everything has been good. Everyone seems nice. Hopefully I can get through this everyday.

post #15 of 23
Well glad to hear it went well. Hope that little boy gets the help he needs!
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by sofiecusion
LOL....I'm sure they'd notice if I drank from my "water" bottle all day!!! LOL

Well, today was fine. I mainly observed and helped our where I needed to. They have so much energy. An EBD student asked me to help double knot his shoes and he flipped out at me saying I wasn't doing it the way "he" wanted. I guess they think he may be OCD as well. He also threw a fit in the hallway and took off into the bathroom. The specialist and HER student teacher (the only other one at that same school) came and got him. He threw a fit in the morning too. Guess that is to be expected after a long weekend.


Other than that, everything has been good. Everyone seems nice. Hopefully I can get through this everyday.

these kids can flip out at things most of use would consider extremely minor... i know, i'm a special ed teacher & have worked with them. no one expects a student teacher to be able to handle an ED kid... i suggest you take your cue from your supervising teacher for interactions with him.
you'll love working with them, & by the time you have to take over, you'll know everyone's name, behaviors, etc. just keep healthy!
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by sofiecusion
Any advice so I don't wear myself out?!?!
Congrats my best wishes for you!
An advice....., Tons of patience?... Just kidding! I know you do very well! Good Luck!
post #18 of 23
This is the best advice I ever had! Start off hard. It's easier to slack off than it is to tighten up.
(I've taught for 22 years. Every year, I start off as hard as nails.)
post #19 of 23
Glad to know your first day didn't put you off teaching forever! Sounds like you're doing great - and will do great!
post #20 of 23
with 17 1st graders!! I also met my cooperating teacher and her students. She is very nice and her students are going to keep me hopping for the next 5.5 months!! I am looking forward to teaching in spite of some of the jaded responses from seasoned teachers I have seen on here recently.

I have worked at MANY different jobs over my 37 years, and believe me, most have their down sides and some were just downright ROTTEN.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by catlover67
with 17 1st graders!! I also met my cooperating teacher and her students. She is very nice and her students are going to keep me hopping for the next 5.5 months!! I am looking forward to teaching in spite of some of the jaded responses from seasoned teachers I have seen on here recently.

I have worked at MANY different jobs over my 37 years, and believe me, most have their down sides and some were just downright ROTTEN.

I'm so jealous of you guys! I don't start til August, if I'm lucky and can get a paid internship then!
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
Laureen -

That particular EBD student seems to like me at least though. Seems as if he was having a particular rough day. At least his Mom admits that he has problems whereas some parents won't. I just felt bad. The teacher told him not to ask for help if he doesn't really want someone else helping. He then ran out in the hallway (we thought he was going over to the other 2nd grade room where the rest of the kids were watching the end of "Finding Nemo") and threw the little fit before running into the bathroom and then she called the special ed teacher and she came and got him. He seemed to calm down rather quickly from that episode, unlike the morning. He's an average student otherwise.

I still haven't learned all of their names, especially a group of boys who sit towards the middle, but I will learn with time. Thank goodness for the names on their desks!



P.S. Catlover - I'm glad things are going well for you. My co-op, supervisor and I meet tomorrow for a bit. I didn't get that awful woman who graded my portfolio. I got a guy, who is new, but happens to have the same last name as her. He has done this in Washington State before and taught 4th grade for awhile. He seems nice. I definitely feel worn out. I think I need a nap.

PinkDaisy - When will you be student teaching? I thought you just applied to a program.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by sofiecusion
PinkDaisy - When will you be student teaching? I thought you just applied to a program.
Not until August or so. I start classes the week after next, and then I need to get an internship by start of the school year in the fall. And that's when I can quit my job! But it's nerve wracking... what school is going to want to hire an intern who can't teach without a mentor, when there are plenty of qualified teachers out there, ya know?

I'm glad it's going well for you though! Good luck with that little boy!
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