As a teacher, the first few days after a long break are very hard. The kids (and staff) have to get back into the rhythm of school. A few kids are always in “Japanese speaking” mode. A few kids are in “grandma and grandpa spoiled me” mode. And a few are in “summer was super-boring, I want to have LOTS of fun at Underdogs” mode.
Making the team again…
So far, the kids are better than the average year. Only 2 kids were speaking Japanese. After some of the older kids warned them, they switched to English. The biggest problem is, because of the move to the 4th floor, some kids are a little nervous, and the rest are over excited about the new space.
I’m hoping things get back to normal by next week…
Some good news:
I gave the kids some “secret homework” before the break. I told them about Sir Isaac Newton and the apple falling on his head. Then I asked them to find out why things fall. Pretty hard for Kindergarten aged kids.
After the break, the usual students remembered the homework (always the same 3 or 4 kids). I was really surprised with one child. She sometimes remembers the secret homework, but after a long break, I wasn’t expecting her to remember. Also, she drew a really great picture about it: