Well I've done it again. I've gone a whole month without posting on here. Its not intentional its just... well by the time my day is done I'd rather sit down and relax than type. But I'll try to do better.
I've been having a fantastic first month of working at the school. Each and every day is just a little bit different than the last and its definitely keeping me on my toes. I think I'm learning just as much as the little kiddo's I'm teaching are. We've had a few new kids coming into the school so it adjusts my schedule a bit. First thing in the morning on Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday I conduct a corrective reading and corrective math class for 3 student ranging in ages from 10 to 13. After that I go work as a one on one aid for a little boy with autism in the kindergarten class (I actually do that every day after lunch). On Monday and Wednesday morning I work over at the preschool with Meredith with 12 very active and lively 3-5 year olds. We have great fun and those kiddos are learning the basics of what going to school is all about. Meredith always plans great projects with a purpose and this week is all about our own class rules and what it takes to be a good friend. Then every other Friday (when I'm not doing CR and CM) I bounce between the kinder class and the 5/6 and 7/8 grade class helping out all the kids with special needs. Like I said it really keeps me on my toes.
The regular school day ends at 3:30 but my day doesn't. The school started up a brand new after school program this year and I'm helping out with that too. It goes until 5:30 and part of the time is me helping all the kids who come with their homework and giving them some tutoring before tests then the other part of the time are group activities that are set up to encourage the kids self confidence, boost mutual respect and group work, and learning basic skills that can help out in other aspects in life. All in all its a great program and hopefully the kids are getting a lot out of it.
Now while all that might sound like plenty to do (and believe me it is), I am also taking a class myself. The class focuses on teaching children with autism and autism spectrum disorders which my supervisor thought would be an excellent class for me to take since I'm the staff member who is working the most with this little autistic kindergartner and its looking like we are going to have two other autism spectrum kids in the preschool class (who will be going to school at TC next year). The class is great and I'm doing everything I can during my lunch break and then on the weekends. Its set up in various modules and a series of tests on each one so its really a practice based learning experience. I'm getting a lot out of it and am doing my best to apply the new things I'm learning to my day to day work. I have another 3 months of it so I plan on getting as much out of it as I possibly can and hopefully becoming a better aide for it.
So thats my life in a nutshell right now. There is always more going on than even that but thats all I feel like writing about now. Hope everyone is having a fantastic start of fall and I'll be sure to keep you all updated as frequently as I can.