You may have seen this on Facebook or other websites, but it TOTALLY explains my year! This has been my MOST difficult year of teaching. This is my ninth year and sometimes there are days I wish it was my last. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE teaching, creating lessons and activities, seeing children's faces when they have success, and having fun in my classroom; but I am being challenged over and over this year.
I know I am learning a lot about myself professionally and personally, but often times I feel defeated. Defeated in classroom management, student motivation, parent support or lack thereof, student behavior, etc.
Since I have started blogging it HAS helped me reflect in my classroom practices and teaching, and most importantly rejuvenated my LOVE for teaching. I read other blogs and get incredible ideas and lessons to use in my classroom, but then Monday morning comes around and our first bell hasn't even rung and I have already said "Stop Talking", "Get to Work", and/or "Sit Down" ten times each! It then continues over to checking homework and seeing the lack of parent support or a note asking about something that I have already addressed or is in the newsletter. I push through and try some of the great things I have seen in the blogging world and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but EVERY TIME I am glad I tried. I try because I care about what my students do, I try because I want to be the best teacher I can be, I enjoy watching my students learn, and most of all I want to see them successful.
To get me through this year I have relied on MY SURVIVAL KIT:
1. God. I am often praying to him through out the day. This one of my favorite songs.
2. My co-teacher and support teachers. They have picked up my slack, let me know I am not crazy, and that I am doing a good job.
|I don't have a pic of all of us, but this is close enough :)|
3. Mt. Dew.
|Need an IV with this stuff.|
|Looks so good!|
5. My Boys.
|This was taken last summer on my parents farm.|
What helps get you through the day? Week? Year? What is in your Survival Kit?