So I went into school today to see what my classroom looks like, at this point. It wasn't pretty. See below. But I think it will be fine when I'm done with it - probably 3 long days, a few broken nails, sore back and achy feet later, but who's counting.
Anyway, while I was sniffing around, I made the mistake of going into the staffroom ( I was alone) and behold there was the new Supervision schedule posted on the Teachers' bulletin board. Yes, of course I looked at it. And I knew that my supervision would increase this year (we had been forewarned) BUT, it doubled. Let me repeat that, it DOUBLED plus 10. And really I am OK with that, in a way because the kids need to be supervised and let's face it, I am lucky to have a great teaching job that I love. I am actually only blogging about this because well, on 3 out of 5 days, I have 20 minutes of supervision first thing in the morning and then the bell rings and class starts, I continue with my day, at recess, I have duty for 15 minutes and then continue with my day until late lunch at 12:30 p.m. So I have done the Math, I need to not go to the bathroom from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. How can I? No breaks. Am I the only one bothered by this? Does anyone else have this problem? The problem being - I need to pee, I can't hold it that long. I'm just throwing that question out there.
I'm not complaining, it probably sounds like I am. I cannot leave my 1st graders alone and run for it. Remember that movie Kindergarten Cop, one of the teachers says to Arnold - Kindergarten is like the ocean, you never want to turn your back on it. Well, so is first grade!
Bottom line - I am extremely grateful and lucky to be a grade 1 teacher with a potentially great classroom, but I can't hold it that long. Can you?