Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Currently...May

Catching up on posts today, so here is my currently for this month.


I am currently listening to different playlists on Spotify.  Whenever I'm not in a certain mood I just turn on random songs. I'm always listening to something.

I'm loving that field day is tomorrow.  A whole day that I don't have to plan anything.  Now that is something to be excited about.

I'm thinking about what to do this summer because it will be my first free summer since high school. Every other summer I had taken college classes or worked.  A whole summer off should be pretty fun!  I'm looking forward to trips, laying out by the pool and just relaxing.

I'm really wanting someone to come to my classroom and clean it up.  I have my students clean every day but it is still left a mess.  I've also been way too busy to stay organized so I'm hoping to have a chance to get caught up here soon.

I need to get caught up on grades.  I have very few grades entered into the computer and still a couple assignments to finish grading.  Progress reports come out the end of this week so I have to get busy!

My Summer bucket list includes going on a mission trip to Belize, visiting Charleston for the first time and catching up on some leisure reading.




Facing Reality

    These past couple of months have been much busier than I expected them to be.  They have also be extremely stressful with pressure to get students ready for EOG's.  I also had cheerleading tryouts and trying to help the new squad with fundraisers which also added to my stress load.
    I never would have imagined being a first year teacher would be as hard as it has been. I'm finding out that few things turn out they way we expect them to.  I have literally pulled out my hair these past month with all the issues I've had to deal with.  However, I've also learned more about myself and teaching than in the past 6 months combined.  The most important lesson that I've learned is to not take anything personal.  I remember at the beginning of the school year I wanted everyone to like me and to be so excited to learn.  I've had a major reality check lately when I finally realized that being a good teacher has absolutely nothing to do with winning "likes" from students.  Next year I will approach teaching with a whole new perspective, knowing that things aren't going to go perfectly no matter how many different things I try.
    At this point I have no idea where life will take me.  I'm not 100% sure that I want to teach sixth grade again next year.  I've applied for some special education positions and I've even thought about trying elementary school or college.  At the same time I feel like I should give sixth grade another year, especially with all the resources I have now.  No matter what happens I am leaning to God to show me where I'm supposed to be.  I have a lot of praying to be doing!
   Only 23 days left of school until Summer!  Now that is some reality I can deal with.  
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