July 31, 2012 by blackbirdideas
SHOUT SHOUT LET IT ALL OUT! You know the one?
Well any way maybe if I shout it all out all that shouting will alleviate some of my anxiety.
I rarely and by “rarely” I mean, have mentioned a few times, that I am a teacher. But I never really talk about being a teacher beyond that. Have I ever mentioned that I have taught kindergarten for 5 years? I love teaching. It is one of the best jobs on earth. But, the profession has taken its hit along with the rest of the economy. The number of students per teacher have gone up and up each year that I have been teaching and the funds for the classroom have gone down (and down). It is impossible not to spend your own money in the classroom on supplies, furniture, decor, etc…
Anywhooo…. while teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs, it is also one of the hardest. I know if you aren’t a teacher you may not get what I am talking about, but believe me. Its true. We do get summers off, but we never stop thinking about our jobs. We get long holiday breaks, but we also work long hours never making any overtime. There is also a lot of flex in teaching… which can be good and bad. You could teach 4 year olds one year and 11 year olds the next. Which brings me to my point.
I got a call from my boss last week saying that she needed me to move grade levels. After 5 years of teaching kindergarten, I felt comfortable in what I taught each year and felt like (for the most part) I had a grip on what I was doing. Now, with one phone call, I am doing something different for work. Its like getting a new job… but at the same job. With new people… but with the same people. Getting new kids… but still getting the same kids. Ya with me?
I am lucky that the move it to first grade so it should be an easy transition. But, for some reason… I have a little anxiety about it. Maybe I just don’t like change. In fact, I know I don’t like change. A huge part of me is really excited as well, I just hope that part ends up taking over a.s.a.p. As soon as the back-to-school dreams stop, I will probably be just fine.
Oh you don’t have back-to-school dreams about your job? Welcome to the life of a teacher. I had dreams last night about snack time. It involved jelly. Also running through the streets of Rome… in the rain. Believe it or not my job rarely involves jelly… or Rome for that matter. They will just get worse each night until the first day of school finally comes. Then my dreams will transition into weird ones about pencils and reading scores and children’s books.
In my rush to get acclimated to a new set of materials and curriculum I did what I always do when trying to get ideas… hit up Pinterest of course! Talk about a tool for classroom ideas! It has really helped me get my creative juices flowing and made those back-to-school dreams a little sweeter.
Here are a few things that I pinned:
Great for Student of the Month Pictures.
I love hanging posters…. and making posters.
I love this idea.
I did a cute three part version of this last year in my classroom and I am definitely doing it again. It was one of the best things that I have ever done. Talk about a difference in the pictures from the first day of school to the last day of school.
(All photos found on my Pinterest page under the School Stuff board)
Also in my hunt for
confidence peace of mind, I found this great website called Teachers Pay Teachers. This is a great website for original teaching ideas FROM other teachers.
Its awesome and I have already bought a bunch of things that will help me as Georgia goes to Common Core Standards (CCGPS).
That’s my rant. I hope I can dream of just Rome tonight. No jelly. No snack time. No running after children in the rain.
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