I'm baaaaaaack.

Hoarding All the Glitter Since 2001.

14 August 2016

A few things you may not know:

  • In SFUSD, teachers get three days of professional development before one work day.  This isn't enough to set up an elementary classroom, so teachers typically go back to work early (I went back on 1 August, not including the two weeks of professional development I did in June and July or some planning in both months).  However, this is unpaid labor.  Kindergarten Roundups and orientations usually take place before the work day, so do not expect to be able to visit the rooms.
  • Elementary room set up means just that.  Usually all the furniture is taken out for floor cleaning, which typically requires the contents of shelves be boxed up and everything be removed from the floor.  Some schools wash the walls too.  So no matter how cute and little your child's teacher may look, s/he is a furniture moving expert with the muscles and bruises to show for it.
  • If your child's class has pets, your child's teacher had pets this summer.
  • The moral of the story is: If you appreciate your child's awesome, polished, inviting room, think kindly on the hard labor that went into it!  Teachers want to have nice rooms - beyond everything else, we'll be living in them for the rest of the school year ourselves!  But sadly, Classroom Fairies are a myth.

Tomorrow: The First Day of School!

And so it begins!

Here's my advice for the big FIRST DAY.  As a reminder, I am actually a teacher at a public school.  I do not merely play one on the Internet.

Therefore, my advice is reasonably trustworthy and good.

Short version:

  • Many teachers have first day checklists to fill out before you leave; please check to see if yours does before leaving.
  • The first day is chaotic.  No advance planning can keep it from being so.  Embrace the insanity.
  • When your child leaves for the day, make sure s/he alerts the adult in charge of dismissal.  This is really important.
  • Permanent marker is your friend!  Label your child's belongings.
  • Based on my reasonably large sample group of SFUSD Kindergarten teachers, it is good form to let your child's entry teacher know if you have received your waitpool school.  Otherwise we tend to take this personally. 

16 June 2016

Right then.

I am leaving town tomorrow for two weeks of professional development, partially about writing.  And also, I'll be visiting with some of my comrade public service workers.  And moreover also again, it's back to Kinder this year.

All of which really should be impetus to blog rather than to spend my sad paychecks on delightful clothes that will not be improved by the generous if misbegotten addition of finger paint.