Week 3: still feeling like I’m drowning 

The first full week of teaching and I feel like I am so behind ! 

I caught up on lesson plans just to find out I have to switch them all. 

I am figuring out my new teaching style with a new curriculum and it’s extremely difficult because I have one who is doing this another who is doing this and then not telling us about it until later on its quite frustrating.  How do you keep consistency throughout the grade if everyone is doing something different ?

So not only do I not know what I am doing but then my schedule was thrown off and then I am behind in work as well!

It all makes me want to scream !

My one thing I have stuck to though is not staying at work late every day and I have been going to the gym. Because you know we could be there until 9 every single night. 

Are other teachers feeling like this ? Like you are drowning thinking of all the things that you need to do but WHERE IS THE TIME ?! 

We thought our prep At the end of the day would be good but it’s just not ! By Y the end of the day I want to just sit ! 

Stress = first month of school 


In this class…

The first week of school is always stressful. The newness of everything, setting routines, what to expect, getting to know your kids, learning their strengths and weaknesses, and getting yourself in a routine. 

I, currently, am still not in a routine. I feel like I am just barely staying afloat about the water. I feel like I am accomplishing things in my classroom, then I talk to my other team teachers and they are way ahead of me and coming up with all these good ideas. 

When am I supposed to have time to come up with good ideas ? Our free time is the end of the day and , teachers, you know that at the end of the day you want to do nothing !

And here comes Friday, coming up on a full week of school, the first one yet, and most of us will be freaking out about what In the world am I supposed to teach next week ? 

So many things so little time…. 

Are you feeling this way after your first week of school ? 

Back to School 

This year I’m teaching 3rd grade and it’s the first time I haven’t had to share my class. 

So far, day two, they are quite amazing in comparison to the past 3 years. They listen, they’re little, they love 3rd grade, and they’re excited to learn! Like, what?! Am I in the twilight zone ?!

I hope everyone had a good first week and good luck to those of you who start next week! 

A little #tbt!!

My classroom last year 6th grade Washington 

And my 5th grade NYC public school the year before:

Did You Reach Your Summer Goals? 

I had a few goals for myself this summer to accomplished before school started. 

I’ve noticed that it’s really difficult to follow goals and get them done in a said amount of time especially during the summer. 

  • I did read a lot so that I would put a check next to. 
  • I went to the beach, a lot so that’s a check 
  • I went to the gym a lot , but I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to. 
  • We bought and closed on a house – this was not a goal but it happened!
  • I prepared but didn’t prepare for the school year ( my room but not what I’m teaching) 
  • I spent a lot of time with my mom 
  • I packed and will be unpacking my house ( totally not a goal)
  • I spent more time with Hailey 
  • We did a lot as a family
  • I wrote a lot and I blogged almost everyday. 

I didn’t set specific goals for myself which I should have but I knew what I wanted to get done, but didn’t hold myself accountable by actually writing down what I wanted to do. 

With the end of the summer here and my weepy eyes because it’s over, I think of what I need to get done this fall and it’s overwhelming. 

Can’t we just have a few more weeks?! 

Did you accomplish any of your summer goals? 

SOL: End of the Summer, Teacher Version

Every single year this happens. 

June you are ready to go after professional development and you want to prep for next year but you have so much time. 

July. You have even more time!!! Some teachers do crafts, lots of kid time, vacations, projects around the house, nothing, tan, read, have no reason to get out of bed, drink mimosas, meet up with friends. July seems like it could literally last f.o.r.e.v.e.r.   This is also the month you forget what day it is. 

For me the past 3 years I have taught, I have switched schools. Charter to public to Rural. This is the first time ever I have stayed at the same school teaching. So some of my normal yearly worries in July were, will I make friends? How will the kids be? Is the curriculum hard? What are my teaching partners like? Will I like the school? Did I make the right choice? 

After experiencing a July where I did not have to worry about the answer to those questions, I felt really at ease and like I had a lot more time and freedom to do all of the things above that other teachers do. 

August. Things are moving way too fast. Now you start the official countdown. 30 days until school starts. That seems like a long time until you have obligations the last two weeks of August and then you really just have two weeks. Freaking out and panic struck you realize all the things that you didn’t accomplish this summer and really freak out.

August becomes some sort of power house mode where you are rushing to get in every single bit of summer left ! Determination to get it all done before school starts, as if there are no weekends during the school year. 

This month has gone too quick. Being on vacation for two weeks caused half my month to be gone when I got home. Now I am in a frantic rush to setup my 3rd grade classroom since I switched rooms and grades. The peace that I have not changing schools and already knowing everyone and the procedures is so calming and peaceful that it helps this frantic rush time to get all done before school starts. 

I love summer. I don’t want it to end. But I know it’s that time. And I will have to move back to the real world and reality again.  

Do you experience any of these feelings? 
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