Since my Common Core meltdown, I have had renewed energy and a MUCH better attitude! I have started planning (finally!), but just lessons that I know the kids will enjoy. There is so much "establishing of routines" that occurs at the beginning of the year. I love those first few weeks--when kids think they are having fun, but you are actually sneaking in the routines they will use for the next ten months!
I am feeling particularly grateful to have a job I enjoy. Although it is not always easy, it is rarely dull! And, just like the kids, Back-to-School time still fills my mind with anticipation and my stomach with butterflies!
I already know that my attitude will guide my success. But I really want to try to take better care of myself this year. There were many mornings when I found myself driving to school after five (or fewer) hours of sleep. I learned not be surprised when those days were not among my most stellar. You know you are in trouble when I sixth grader approaches cautiously and says (gently), "My mom might be able to bring you some coffee..."
I was blessed to receive an abundance of Starbucks cards at the end of the school year. Having my coffee in the morning as I get ready for the day just makes me happy.
Teachers are frequently criticized for many things (unprepared students, behavior problems, lagging test scores... etc.) Yet our wants are often quite simple: Enough copies to last each month, enough books for kids to read, enough paper and pencils (and tissues) to last the year. Not a company car or an office with a view. Just the basics to do our job.
I love my job. And I love this profession. With a few extra boxes and and a handful of Starbucks cards, I know a good year is on the horizon. And I am wishing you a wonderful year too!
Now for the best part: Meet up at Farley's and check in with those who linked before and after you. I always love this part of Currently. I enjoy meeting new bloggers each month and I like having a chance to learn new things about other teachers in the Blog-O-Sphere. Now that hundreds of teachers come together each month, Farley is like the Queen of Connections. Aren't you SO glad?
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