Bit thin on the ground
We are used to educators whinging about having too many students. Lamenting a small class is not so common. But that is my problem now.
I am used to teaching 22 students. At 25, I get a bit stressed. 18 is great. 15 is ok. Even 12 at a pinch.
But at the moment I only have 5. And it is not enough.
After I have set up some activities, dealt with the separation anxiety, done some intentional teaching and had some quality interactions, I feel like I need to back off a bit and give them some space. I don’t want to be in their faces all the time.
So I write a few obs, and twiddle my thumbs for a while until somebody needs me.
The thing is, I know there are educators that are geared to work with 4-5 kids all the time. I have these kids for 2.5 hours. I don’t know what I would do with them for a whole day, like they do in FDC. The rhythms and patterns of their work are another world to me.
I suppose it goes to show how our habits and skills are particular to one setting (or age group or timeframe) and do not automatically transfer.