Review game for our final. My students are loving it. Using the ball (which I labeled after the picture) to choose topics. Simple, fast, good review, no competition.
Swearing in the classroom
I said “holy shit” in front of my students to make a point about the tragedy of the holocaust and one student freaked out so much that he fell out of his seat.
myfacewasred said: Just wanted to say "YAY! Us first years are almost jaded and finished!" I hope the next couple of weeks fly by for you, but not so quickly that you miss out on the wonderful bits that are coming. :)
Thank you! I so needed this boost of motivation. It’s so incredible how fast this year has gone.
Three more Sundays.
Two for me, one of which is actually a Monday.
So jealous. Not including today, three more Sundays and a Monday….June 18 is still so far away!
Mentally I’m making it closer than it is. This week is a full week, next week is a 4 day…
23 more days (taking a personal day or it would be 24), 4 more Sundays (one is a Monday) and a teacher work day after students leave. Sooner, please. So tired.
This time next week, I’m done.
10 days of teaching (2 days off next week for my sister’s wedding), 11 work days total. I can hardly believe it.
18 days of teaching.
2 paperwork/grading/cleaning days.
I think I might actually finish my first year alive!
Four Sundays and a Monday.
The fourth Sunday is before graduation though so I won’t have any students, just need to pack and grade.
Two field trips and field day in there. Come to me, June 23rd, please.
Reflection and teaching
Many people bash the new teacher programs that ask us to reflect and learn more about the profession. In CT we call our program TEAM. It used to be called BEST and BEST just seems hell-ish. I will give people that. However, many of my colleagues and people in my graduate degree program bash TEAM. I think the reflection, readings, and taking the time are extremely important to teaching. I firmly believe that when I stop reflecting, I should stop teaching. Reflection has been an integral part of my teaching this year and I am so grateful for it. I’ve learned a great deal and I have worked hard on enhancing my classroom. Fellow teachers, did you go through a similar program? What were your thoughts on it?
A day of firsts
Today was a day of firsts which is surprising this late in year one.
This was the first time I heard about the program director who did not hire me after student teaching last year. My boss spent a while bragging to her about me.
This was the first time my ODD student made eye contact with me and smiled. He was so happy when I complimented him and told him that he was on track to get six credits this year (a huge feat for him).
This was the first time my students all passed a pretty difficult quiz.
This was the first time truly my student cried to me and asked me for advice on a personal matter. Well, it was the first half hour long venting session with a student at least.
This was the first day I organized a field trip and took permission slips.
This was the first day of my transition, I think. I no longer feel like just a first year teacher. I feel like I’m in transition stage now. Making my way to second year teacher.
And it’s raining. I love rain. I could cry I’m so happy and overwhelmed.