A New Year, A New Me!

This is a new year and a new me. After all the tumult of last year’s rollercoaster ride, I deserved a break. I had no idea that teaching was so intense or that is was so much work. Even though teachers only work for a certain amount of time, we are constantly planning and/or thinking about what we need to do for this student or that student; always picking up stuff.

That break that I had in July was one of the best things in the world for me because I now feel refreshed and ready to tackle another year. I feel like know I can do it now. When I first started I thought that I could do it. That is until I got in the classroom. Once I was in front of the class and all the behaviors started coming at my like I was at the bottom of a windmill getting pummeled, I knew for sure that I’d made a mistake. But, being the die hard person that I am, I never quit. I was rewarded handsomely too. My students performed very well on the standardized test. Since I found out, I have on Cloud 9 and have gotten such a confidence boost because of it.

This year, I am starting at the beginning of the year; and I’m feeling good about it. One of the problems last year was that I started teaching in November. It was really hard coming into a new work site (whether you’re a teacher or not) and being the only new teacher. Everyone else had known each other for years and here I am the odd man out. Starting at the beginning of the year is very refreshing. I feel like things are going to be okay. Even though I was so insecure. For starters, all the other teachers seemed to know what they were doing; whereas I felt like an idiot. I was so insecure with my abilities as a teacher. Now I feel like I’m ready to take on the world.I have much more realistic expectations. I kinda’ know what to do. I know what to expect from my students and they know what to expect of me.

So, here’s to the new, confident me that I always knew I could be. Also, here’s to another successful year.

Lucky Me!

Lucky me! Come Wednesday, I don’t have to go through the same things that other teachers have to go through. Why? It’s because I have almost all of my same students. I guess I finally see some perks of teaching a span class.

In June, my class and I ended on a great note. I am happy that I get to have my same students. It’s a teachers’ dream. Usually the school year ends brings sad feelings with the teacher wishing they had more time. Well, I do get more time. In some cases, I get 2-3 more years.

Hey, there goes that silver lining that I’ve been looking for all year. How ’bout that?

Here’s to another successful year.

I Refuse…

This year, I refuse to put off my homework assignments to the last minute.

I refuse to put off planning my lessons until the last minute.

I refuse to give anything less than my best.

I refuse to let my children down by not spending time with them.

I refuse to let my students down.

Yes, I refuse,

I emphatically refuse to be anything or anybody other than

ME.

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