Not sure how I feel about this.
I mean, I’m hilarious.
I had one with my History teacher’s comments in high school. Most of my classmates did too. After college, I found a whole facebook group devoted to sharing quotes and stories from her. Year after year, students were quoting here. I loved her class, I loved her witticisms, and I think she helped shape me in a significant way. Every now and then I’ll look that group up again just to laugh. Take it as a compliment.
Today was sort of an epic fail, but I turned it out in the end.
WHY DO I KEEP UNDER PLANNING!?
Oh well, it’s a learning process.
Remember this. It is always better to plan too many thought-provoking, engaging, hands on activities tied to the objective than to have too little and need to supplement with things that aren’t as good as they would be if you had more time to think.
I described my current situation to a friend thusly: I am so far in the weeds teaching that I can’t even see the sky.
I’m struggling with all kinds of behavior issues (including repeated parent emails from different parents revolving around one particular child), learning how to teach a new curriculum, and suddenly having kids all over the spectrum ability-wise. My intern year was at G/T school, and those are the kids I’ve got experience with (and are the kids I tend to connect with the most). I’m teaching some kids how to read (bear in mind I have little to no experience with that) while other students of mine are reading well above grade level. To top it all off, we’re an expeditionary learning school and that adds a whole other level of newness and unfamiliarity.
Also, I’m living alone and I have no one to decompress with/to. I come home to my (lovely, dear) cat.
I really could use some kind of pep talk. I know I need to talk to my supports at school (teammate, reading specialist, building resource teacher, principal), and I will. I just… I am having trouble looking on the bright side right now.
This happens to all of us our first year, even when it isn’t our first year but with a new school district. You will survive, you will be good at this, it will take time. Don’t be afraid to ask some experts in your field for some pointers.