The first week of school is usually an exciting time for all parties involved; teachers are eagerly anticipating starting the year strong with their wonderful students, and students are anxious to see how much everyone has changed over the summer. The first week for me was definitely exciting (started a new position at a new school), but it’s been tempered a bit by my first duties.
I took it upon myself to help all 850 students in my elementary school figure out their brand new usernames and create new passwords (they previously all had a generic classroom login). While it was an important task that they all figure out their passwords and manage to not lose them, by the 3rd day of explaining how I run the computer lab, have the students login, then have them change their passwords I was a bit deflated. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not discouraged, and I am glad that they all have their own logins (it will give them something to be responsible for in my classroom rather than just showing up to the computer lab unprepared). They definitely are excited that they have their own usernames as well, since they previously has to save all of their work on the same drive as every other student, meaning files had little protection. Now they have their own personal home drives for all of their work.
These are all wonderfully good things, but I can’t help wondering what they think of me (a new teacher in a new position that was just created over the summer). Here is the new specials class, technology, and all they get to do the first day is change a password and login (and yes, for the record it takes all 45 minutes to introduce yourself, the class rules, and then have 25 4th graders figure out the Novell login followed by a password change). I wonder what else I could have done. Thankfully I’m not too down, and am actually looking forward to doing some fairly creative work with them in the coming weeks. Hopefully that will show them what a great time this class will be, and the bumps of the first week will only encourage me to work harder on creating more engaging lessons (or so I hope). This week’s blues will be next week’s greens and yellows, or whatever color would best respresent happiness and creativity.