Hello! I know this is a tad late but I had a couple finishing touches I didn’t quite have time to finish last night… I have been MIA for the past two weeks… from life in general I believe. We made it! The smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in the air. My bags are packed. I have my lunch box, school bag, and my bottle of glue. We are off in full force and the school year has definitely begun. Since we started back at school with teacher meetings two weeks ago, life has not stopped and I am fairly certain that I have not stopped to take a breath. I find myself constantly reminding other teachers and myself that the first week is the WORST! As much as I love the start of school, I love the second week the most. The attitudes are still fresh, we are still in that honeymoon stage where kids do no wrong in order to impress their teachers, and the anxiety has lessened.
Anxiety would be the key word that I would use in the first week of school. From the students, to the parents and even the veteran teachers, the energy is heightened as we anticipate the unknown. But we do it anyway, we encounter numerous hiccups and constant problems with technology, lesson plans, and behaviors. But, like every other year, we make it to the end of the day, crash into bed and count it successful if the kids made it home safe.
Today, we entered the emotionally fragile day. Some students settled in, while others lost it at the end of the day with a release of emotions built up from change, lack of sleep, and tension that has been building as they sit listening to their new teachers talk about expectations, rules, and their new class.
But now, here I sit, on Friday Eve… knowing that we did it! We made it to the end of the first week and we can safely and comfortably settle into routine next week! The school year has begun and I am so happy to be here another year to work at the job I love, teach the students that I will always hold in my heart, and learn so much more from my colleagues, friends, and students as we muddle through the mess and figure this thing out a little more day by day.
So here are a few things that I am thankful for this week:
Teaching has been my passion for years and I am so happy to be entering my fourth year as a Special Education Teacher. I love my job. I love working with students and I love Middle School (<—— I would not have said that statement 15 years ago). Teaching is my passion and I have grown to love the position I have. There are challenges, there are difficult days, and there are days that I question the impact I have. But then there are the rewards. I live for those moments when a student with no friends makes a connection, for the days that I see progress from a behavior that has been plaguing a child for years, and for the moments that I get to see a student that has worked hard accomplish something they never thought possible. I am excited for this year and cannot wait to see what’s in store.
The First Week of School
As I said, although the first week is not my favorite, I am so glad to be back in school. It is fun to see the staff, the students and to get back to what I love. The week went fast but I am excited to settle into routine next week!
A Long Weekend to Look Forward To!
This weekend, I am looking forward to spending labor day celebrating my sister’s birthday and my Parent’s 30th Anniversary. I will talk more about my sister and her birthday next week but I was reflecting this week on the great example my parent’s have set in their marriage and as parents to me and my sister. They have modelled working through the good times and the bad, the have modelled a humble spirit and a servant attitude. I am so thankful for the example that they set for my own marriage and the model that they have been to me in so many different ways. Something to celebrate for sure!
The past few days in school, LaCroix Sparkling Water has been a life saver. It is the perfect afternoon pick-me up as I adjust to the school schedule again. I love that the water is refreshing, and not too sweet. It is a great way to help me make it through my desire for an after lunch nap! Keeping these at school this year will be key for success I believe!