This year, was the first that I have been out of the classroom and able to help around the school. I was eager to help the Kindergarten students on their first day. My eyes were opened to what a different world Kindergarten is.
It became apparent that my expectation of students knowing their own name may be too high of an expectation for Kindergarteners, especially last names. In fact, I quickly realized that ALL of my expectations may be too much for many of these students. I spent my morning looking into the big, scared eyes of 5 year-olds and doing my best to help them have positive first school experience. I’ll admit, I never realized how difficult it is to be a Kindergarten teacher. I took for granted that my students raised their hands, could hold a pencil, and could put on their shoes. I realized that without the patience, time, and expertise of our Kindergarten teachers my job would be much different.
So thank you to all the Kindergarten teachers who teach our students what school is and make all of our lives so much easier. We appreciate you.
Sarah Jordan, learning leader at Brentwood Traditional Learning Centre, she believes in making school a fun, safe place to learn.