A sneak peak!
After I completed the background check process at HR today, I called my principal to see if it would be ok to come into the school to look at the room I would be in so I could start planning. I can’t really do much as of yet because the previous 2nd grade teacher is still moving out. Anywho, I went in today and realized that the school layout is in the “open/pod” style. That means…no classroom door, and the entire world can hear my loud mouth. I wasn’t aware of this initially, so it took me by surprise. It’s just…different. However, this is happening. Experiencing something new is always positive.
According to my research, this style has been around since the 70s. It just makes me nervous because of volume control with my kids…and myself. I’m naturally a loud person and I sing and make weird noises as I teach so…yeah, I mean obviously I’ll have to tone it down. I just have so many questions. Can I play music? Are certain activities off limits? WILL THE ENTIRE WORLD HEAR ME?
For those who teach in this open/pod classroom style, do you have any management tips? Advice?