I spent a good part of Friday reviewing the applications for the Instructional Assistant position we'll be filling over the summer.
I am happy for Mrs. Frech that she will be moving on to her area of specialty in business, but I feel sad to lose her expertise and her trustworthiness. Mrs. Frech got to know her job really well. She could almost reading my mind when there was something I needed to her do.
This weekend I'm writing and rewriting the questions that the interview committee will ask the people who will interview for the job next week.
Whom we choose to fill the role of Instructional Assistant is one of the most important decisions I will make this summer. The fact is this: the Instructional Assistant is critical to help keep things running smoothly in our classroom. To an outsider, a well-run kindergarten may look like a breeze, as if there's nothing to it.
Actually, running a kindergarten classroom can be an exacting job. Small mistakes can quickly snowball into large problems and before you know it the safety, happiness, and kindness I'm trying to achieve in my class can go out the window. Above all, I need someone whom I can trust to define the boundaries and give the support children need in just the right ever-changing proportions.