The past three weeks have been a whirlwind in the classroom. I went from teaching the elementary school students to the preschoolers in the course of a short conversation, and that transition took a weight off my shoulders. But creating a classroom community with the preschool group is proving to be more challenging because they had two weeks without routine, boundaries, or expectations. I am working in an environment where children's voices are respected and heard, and it was difficult to hear anything but chaos for the first few days. I took this video of A on the very first day that I began in the preschool, after I had created a separate space for them. All of the children needed some more direction, the right materials, and engaging prompts. I hope that is what I have offered them in the past three weeks, and will continue to do in the coming months.
I feel like the class has gotten into a rhythm with the space and the materials. We are constantly solving conflicts, but that is to be expected, and it is a large part of our work. My next personal goal is finding an area of interest to the group and beginning to hone in on the possibilities for a project/exploration. This is a bit like getting back on a bike after a long period of not riding: I know I can do it, but I'm a bit scared.
How was the first month of school for you?