MPS has lots of challengines, but the children are always interesting.
Pros: every child is unique so the job is ot boring.
Cons: there is not enough support, money, or time to get everything done.
I have a K5/ 1st split. On a typical Tuesday, we start with a story, head into whole group reading with a lesson and large group story. From there we move into work stations which include a teacher lead group, computers, writing, and independent reading. This takes the whole morning. The children have recess and lunch, then we return to the room for – more... Science and Math. At 1PM, the 1st graders go to Gym and I have some small group time with my K5 children. When the children return from Gym, there is usually about 30 minutes of free choice before preparing to leave.
Our staff is pretty cohesive. We have each others' backs and problem solve to find solutions that work for everyone. Even when administration is not supportive, we find ways to get our job done with the largest gains for the children.
We have a core of younger teachers who have wonderful ideas and of course, great technology skills. These colleagues are a constant inspiration. They also bring a lot of fun in!
I believe that most of us would say that managing children with negative behaviors is the hardest part of our job. It is closely followed by increasing amounts of paperwork and on-line documentation.
The most enjoyable part of my day is working with the children. Reading groups are my absolute favorite, along with reading to them and sharing high-interest literature. – less