Wednesday, June 27, 2018

First Day Scramble


I had planned on doing my year end stats last Friday, but as I wrote my posts for last week (I write them all over the weekend), by the time I got to Friday's post, I was done. I could do it for this week. What else was I going to write about?

I really should have seen this coming...

Monday was the first day of summer school. Sunday night I thought, "Watch them actually call me tomorrow morning."

They did.

The first day of summer school is a scramble. The place is packed. The students just get their schedules. And the teachers just get their room assignments. (They close most of the campus, and they shrink the open classrooms to one wing.)

I had two "blocks" to cover. (The day is broken into three two-hour blocks. Most teachers only teach for two blocks.) The first block went fine.

There's a 15 minute break after each block. I headed to the restroom. I had a question for the summer school principal. I got back to the classroom with only a couple minutes to spare.

No one was there.

They still had a couple minutes, so while I was waiting I made sure I was all set up. Still, no one arrived.

At this point I happened to glance at my class roster. 43 students enrolled. Room number... Wait. That's not the room I'm in!

(I just assumed both blocks would be in the same classroom. It hadn't occurred to me I might need to move rooms.)

I grabbed my stuff and ran out the door. As I headed towards the other room, a large group of students headed back the way I had come. They were accompanied by the summer school principal.

I had been in the right room. The students' schedules and my roster had the wrong room printed on them.

This is the sort of thing that only happens on a first day. (By day two, all these issues have gotten straightened out.)

26 comments:

  1. That would be so confusing thinking you are needed here when they really needed you over there. My luck, it would be on the other side of the school!

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    1. It was. But luckily for me, they close most of the campus for summer school, having all the teachers in one small wing of the campus. While I did have to go downstairs, it wasn't too far from the first classroom.

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  2. All to throw everyone off on the first day!

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  3. Wow that is a long day for summer school. If I read it right, three 2-hour blocks, that's 6 hours! Almost like a regular school year day! That's good to be able to sub a few days here and there as you want during summer and still have the flexibility to do what you want in these "hazy, lazy days of summer."

    betty

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  4. Hi Liz ... ah well half what you were expecting - go well and smoothly for the rest of the week - cheers Hilary

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  5. Whoops. Well, I guess it's a good day to write it off as exercise, right?

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    1. And I didn't even mention the treks to the library for their textbooks...

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  6. You should have said "I was wondering if anyone was going to show up?!" or, alternatively, "I was just headed out! Hope everyone has a good first day of summer school!" ;)

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    1. That would have been funny. Alas, I learned it was my class from the summer school principal. He's not the sort of person I would make that kind of joke around.

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    1. I've worked a first day (of the regular school year) where they had to announce a list of teachers whose rooms were listed wrong on the students' schedules. So, not the first time this has happened.

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  8. How funny. I love that you were right and everyone else was wrong.

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  9. I wonder where all the kids went?

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  10. Of course this would happen...I love it that they were escourted by the principal

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    1. I can just imagine the chaos. There is another teacher in that room, so he had a double class :-O

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  11. What age group are doing summer school? We don't have anything like that for school, only university.

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  12. Nothing like mix-ups to charge up the adrenaline.

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  13. Gee I forgot about summer school. Any fun classes
    Coffee is on

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  14. In Beijing, foreign teachers (maybe Chinese teachers too) are often not told of room changes or class changes until the very last minute. Glad it's just a first day thing for you!

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    1. These sorts of things happen here too, but it's not the norm.

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  15. Man, that's a funny first day start!

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    1. It was funny, once I got my breath back.

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  16. What a start! I hope the rest of the term is smoother for you :)

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    1. As it's summer school, I may not work that much. We'll see...

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