Many of you do not know that I have not been working in the classroom for the last 15 months. I have been recuperating from an injury I sustained and after all this time, I am mentally preparing (although I am not completely ready physically) as to how I would enter a classroom at this point in time in the year and take the reigns. I know that many of you out there have done this, either returning from a maternity/paternity leave, or a short term absence, and many of you have taken over mid way as well (on a contractual basis). Therefore, who else to help me and others in this situation than you! We all look to each other for support and assistance, so let’s get this conversation started. What are your best techniques, strategies and ideas in entering into a classroom at this point in time? What would be your first plan of attack? What do want to have on hand prior to entering the classroom (realistic or ideal)? How do you address the diverse classroom management style between the exiting teacher and yourself?
I will start it off, add in your comments and help us all out, especially me!
1) I would definitely need to see the daily schedule for the classroom. This will help me understand the classroom logistics and what happens on a daily basis. Having this item ahead of time would definitely streamline transition times in the first few days.
2) I would ideally prefer to have the opportunity to converse with the current teacher, regarding programming and which curriculum has been completed and what still needs to be completed.
3) The completed grades for all students, and an understanding of the upcoming assignments and their respective due dates.