The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

New Student

The first few weeks of school are always full of changes. Students and teachers are getting used to each other, the school is getting used to each class, teachers are getting acquainted (or reacquainted), and families move in and out of the district. Most classes have had changes along these last lines. Our class has been no exception.

One of the students assigned to our class had moved before school started, and it took a while before the information made it to us. Today we had a new student join our class. I was really impressed with how well everyone seemed to reach out and make him feel welcome and a part of our classroom community. I had to do very little in terms of explaining procedures and expectations because his classmates did it for me. This is just one more indication that we have already begun to establish ourselves as a community of learners. I am excited to see where we go from here!

On a related note, I found out today that there had been a glitch in our school’s mailing list and, as a result, I had not been receiving the daily emails with updates and the such. So, I didn’t know about the new student until I checked the online attendance posting and saw his name. Whoops! Fortunately, I am on the mailing list now, though, so all is well in our universe!


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