Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It’s the middle of the fourth week of school and I finally feel like I can breathe again.
There are so many frustrations I could gripe about right now, but many of my complaints have finally been fixed (yay, I can actually input attendance and grades in the online system! Hopefully I’ll actually get paid this Friday.). Instead, I think I’d like to focus on the positives thus far.
I am grateful for:
- Finding new supportive colleagues! I’ve really benefited from collaborating with another ELA teacher already and I definitely appreciate the venting sessions! I was worried about forming new co-worker-friends and I’m glad I have already found people that I am forming relationships with.
- My mother’s thoughtful text messages. Her visit over the summer has helped me put my relationship with her as more of a priority.
- Natalie’s concern and encouragement. I appreciate her pick-me-uper emails and her commitment to getting together every other weekend.
- Alan’s companionship and support. We truly have been working like a team to accomplish our individual tasks and our home responsibilities. His hardwork has helped to keep me grounded and motivated. I feel like we can relate to each other’s experiences as teachers more fully now.
- My former students reaching out to me. In the last two days, I have heard from 4 former students! They have just been checking in and two have asked me for help/input on one of their college assignments. They have served as reminders about why I teach and why it’s all worth it.
- My new students! Yes, some of them are definitely a handful, but I do think I have a pretty good group of students. They are already challenging, but I foresee much growth this year. I, of course, am still developing my classroom management/engagement skills, but overall I feel like my classroom is a place where learning can and is happening. It’s been exhausting and thrilling to form new relationships with another group of students.
- Time. Even though I feel like I don’t have enough of it, I do have more planning time this year. And I’m extremely grateful for only having 1 content prep (plus “Advisory”). My plan this year is to stay after school from 3-6pm to wait until Alan gets off of work, but also to use that time to plan and grade, that way I can be done when I get home from work. There has still been a majority of days where I still have something to do when I get home, but I have already begun to see the payoff for these extra hours. I’m learning how to actually relax when I get home! :)