I survived day 1 in first grade (of course the kids went home at 12:20 so that doesn't say too much). I'm taking the opportunity to blog in order to process things.
I repeated myself numerous times today, but I don't think it was more often than I did with my 5th grade gifted class. I tried to think of all the things that needed to be explained in advance but I can only imagine how many things I missed. I'm eternally grateful to the various specialists who spent some time in my room helping me out and making life better for my kiddos.
My favorite comment from a student today came during a read aloud. The reading teacher I work with was reading First Day Jitters to the kids and said that the character slumped down in her seat. She showed them what slumped means. A student piped up, "It's like ice cream melting down."