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|Educators prep for new school year|
Dozens of Crosley School teachers spent Wednesday preparing classrooms to make sure everything was in order when their young students begin school next week.
Kindergarten teacher Glenda Riles will begin her fifth year at Crosley next week. She has taught for 37 years.
She said the first day of school is always an exciting time for teachers and students, but it also is one of the hardest days for teachers.
"You forget every year just how hard it is because this is all new to our students," she said.
One of the biggest changes at Crosley this year will entail working with new technology in classrooms.
Many of Crosley's classrooms this summer were outfitted with mounted televisions, which will be hooked up to the teachers' computers.
"Some of these kids probably know more about computers than I do," Riles said. "Everything I learned about the computer has been way after I started teaching."
"We've got a new program and we'll be doing power points, plus we will teach them how to use the computer because they get to see everything that is on our computer screen," Riles explained. "There's a lot of educational programs online. So, our big thing this year is using more technology, and it's going to get more and more that way as time goes on."
She's amazed at how much kindergarteners know today compared to when she was their age.
"I think all we did was play in the sandbox and have snacks," Riles continued. "What I teach in kindergarten now … I learned in second and third grade. We've got reading, math, English, social studies and science. We didn't even have social studies and science when I was in first grade. Of course, that was a long time ago. The whole world is so much more advanced now, so they have to learn it at an early age."
Alexa McClain, a paraprofessional at Crosley, assists teachers throughout the school year and helps students with any of their needs.
"We're ready to meet all of our new kids this year and see what this year has in store for us," McClain said. "The first day of school is exciting for us because we get to meet the kids and see what they're going to be like."
"The kids are excited, so it's a fun day," McClain added.
One of the goals for paraprofessionals at Ouachita Parish Schools is to help students who may need extra attention.
"Our goal is to help those kids stay up in their classrooms and help them do well and stay on track in their classrooms," McClain said.
Sandra Miley is a resource teacher for both pre-K and kindergarten students at Crosley.
This will be her third year at Crosley, which only enrolls Pre-K and kindergarten students.
"Since we work with the little ones, we have to train them with our schedules such as the rules of going to the bathroom, when to go to the cafeteria and the playground," Miley said. "When they're little they have to have lots of supervision, so we have to have all hands on deck to help with all that."
"We're all very excited about the start of school and getting back into the swing of things," she said. "We feel like we'll have a good, fun, successful year."