Reflections of the Year

Wow, I can’t believe it’s over. My 5th year of teaching kindergarten. I had no idea what I was getting into. But it has been such an amazing experience. I have grown and improved, but I think there is still room to grow. That’s why I decided to let my principal know that I was ready for  a change. It is scary putting myself out there, but at the same time it is a little freeing.

Now I can recreate myself as a teacher, recreate my classroom, recreate myself as a team member. I guess it’s not really recreating, but growing in a different direction. It’s exciting!

Of course looking back at my kindergarteners this year, I can’t help but be excited by their growth in reading. Quite a few were reading mid to end of first grade levels. And they started low. The same happened with their writing. It is fascinating to watch how they grew in their ability to write words and format correctly. From a blank page to pages and pages of material!

I wonder what it will be like with 2nd graders. Will there be as much growth, will it be more subtle?

 

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Can’t stop myself

Well the challenge is over, but I still want to write. My head is full of thoughts and there’s no one right here, right now that I can share them all with. This is why I need to practice meditation. I need to learn how to turn off my thoughts sometimes. Give my brain a break from working so hard. Let it rest. Stop worrying! Yoga is suppossed to help me do that, but even in class it can be hard to turn it off and just focus on the movements.

As I’m writing this, it just occured to me that once class starts, I am able to turn off all outside thoughts and just focus on teaching. Wow, I hadn’t thought of that before, but it is true. I have to be in the moment to focus on 18 little ones. I guess I’ve just had an aha moment. Oprah would be proud!

End of the Week!

I made it. We made it. The week’s over. But not the work. It’s a good thing though. I’ll take off tomorrow and then get back into the swing on Sunday, my catch up day. Actually, I tried to get things ready for next week before I left today and I did a pretty good job. It’s all the administrative stuff that I have to do instead of teaching. Somehow it gets done, but not in my 720-320 shift! Oh well, what else would I do?

What to Write About?

It was one of those days. I came in with a mood that I wished I didn’t have and it was a struggle to get through the day! I tried, I really did, but everyone was chatting, all the time. We’re moving tables tomorrow. Not sure how I’m going to separate the people who chat and those who annoy each other and still manage to keep the ones who are helpers with the ones who need help. Challenges! It’s all part of the constant process of adjusting, fine-tuning, trying new things. There is no chance I’ll ever get bored!

Follow Directions

Please, just follow directions. It seems like such a simple request. But not so simple for everyone. I try to think of different ways to give the directions, but how many times/ways can you say, “Writing is quiet time, except for sounding out”?  Of course I don’t want little robots either. What a fine line we walk everyday.

Is it only Tuesday?

Wow, great day, but still wish it was Thursday! It’s been busy and things have gone well. Just hard to believe it’s only Tuesday. The good thing about Tuesday is that it is in-house yoga day. I love having yoga right in building. It’s not necessarily as peaceful or calming as off-site, but it is so convenient and a great chance to mix with other teachers not at my grade level. And I love my yoga! It feels so wonderful to stretch my body and sometimes try things I haven’t tried before.  I highly recommend it.

Little Sleep

Don’t go to bed without eating your dinner or eating a very small one. Inevitably I wake up hungry and can’t go back to bed. Even if I have a snack. That happened at 3:24 am. Chocolate milk and a banana at 4:11 am didn’t help. I lay in bed till 5:00 am and finally gave up. Oh well, what can you do? Obviously I couldn’t make myself go back to sleep so I got ready for work and spend the extra hour checking emails, which are never ending. I think if I was rich I would hire myself an assistant to take care of all the extra things that suck up my time:  emails, making copies, sorting the overwhelming amount of info I come into contact with each day. It would be lovely to have someone hand me one piece of paper that I have to deal with, only one. Guess I’m dreaming, or at least I wish I was. I can’t wait for bedtime!

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