I started with 29 students (anything under 30 is considered low). I lost 2 girls (both with the same name) around the third of the way through the school year, and a boy (let’s just say I wasn’t sorry he left). Then I got a boy (Johnny) on picture day. Then I few weeks later I got a gir (Daisy- she is super nice and friendly with everyone, a great person to put new people by). Then I got another girl (friendly as well). Then I got another boy (he had to move schools because his brother had to be moved, so the principal thought there might be trouble – there hasn’t been). Then a few weeks ago I got my 30th student, another girl. She’s friendly, but seems a little out of it.
I’m just happy that all my new students speak English. It is so discouraging to get a new student that speaks only Spanish.
The office called again. Another new student was coming. When she came in, the secretary kind of just let her in. No introduction, no anything. I went over and introduced myself, and asked her some questions about who she was. (The girls in my class love when the new student is a girl, as do the boys love when the new student is a boy.)
We’ll call the new girl “Maria.” Maria seemed alright, not as with it as the other new girls I’ve received in the last few weeks. But it’s hard to tell. She spoke English, so that’s a big, big plus. I don’t think she speaks Spanish, but she said her parents spoke both English and Spanish, so she probably does speak some. She’s sitting next to Daisy (Daisy is so great!) who makes friends with everyone. So I think she’ll be okay.
I got a new girl today. I always worry when they come in that they won’t speak English. So when they are fluent, I am so happy. This girl does. Her name is Jenny. I put her in the smallest table, and I just happened to put Daisy there yesterday. Daisy is new, but she is fitting in so well, and has made so many new friends already, and is such a good influence on the people around her. Everyone likes her. So Jenny got to sit close to Daisy, and between Daisy and the rest of the table, they really made Jenny feel at home.
Turns out Jenny’s reading comprehension is very high. Her fluency is at grade level, and her comprehension very high. Good for her! Good for me!
An update on “Johnny” and “Daisy.”
Johnny is still a bit odd, and I think he has some ADD going on, and some language processing issues. Both of those are really teaming up on him to be last to start and finish things. He doesn’t have a lot of friends, but he is making progress, and I do see him smiling at school and having fun at times.
Daisy is still getting along with everyone, and has lots of friends.
I’m thinking of making a bet with a fellow teacher who happens to be an L.A. Kings fan. The fan of the loser of tonight’s game has to wear the jersey of the winning team. What do you think? The Kings are due for a lose! Again, we’ll see.
I’ve lost 3 students in the last 2 months, 4 all together. I’ve gotten 2 new ones, one just lately. So I’m down to 27 students. I haven’t had that few students in a very long time. What that means is I’m going to get all the new 4th grade students that come.
My new girl is really nice. We’ll call her “Daisy.” She’s bright and friendly, and seems to fit right in. The boy I got about6 weeks ago is very sweet, but a bit odd. He’s being tested. Something seems a bit off with him. It might just be his personality. All the teachers love him because he is so sweet. But he is always the last to do things in my classroom. We’ll call this boy “Johnny.”
I got a new girl today. “Daisy” She seemed to speak English well, and her mother wanted to help in class. I asked her mom what she had in mind, and she couldn’t answer. She doesn’t speak English. How can I have her help if she doesn’t speak English???
I put Daisy with 2 other really great girls, and they really helped her fit in.