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Aug. 2nd, 2007 | 08:53 pm

Brillant First day......
I have been in the field of teaching for 3 yeras (having my own classroom). My first year was hard as I had to take over a class where the teacher left the students (literally) at the beginning of the school year. My second year was rough as I moved from one grade level to another (looping) and had to worry about a whole new curriculum.

As a (then) new teacher, it was very difficult to work out how to set up the classroom and what to do and have reason to why I was doing what I was doing. But this marked something new. I came into this school year feeling enlighted and after a fully restful summer break I became excited to do the one thing I really wanted to do for most of my life...teach.

Aside from benchmarks, standards, high-stake testing, and etc., etc., etc., I did not want to end up rethinking why I am doing what I am doing. But this year, prior to school beginning I knew what I wanted to do with my classroom. Furthermore, after working Grade 2 foor one year and grasping the curriculum better, I have stronger ideas about what I want to do this school year. I...feel more confident about what I am doing and why I am doing it. The results (as you can tell from the title...) BRILLANT!

Today was the first time I felt confident. I felt great about going in to work. I felt excited about working with a new set of students. The excitement from me flowed from me and into the hearts of all my students today. I had heard my VP comment over and over again about having students state, at the end of the school day, "Awwww, do we have to go?!?!?" I didn't think it was possible, but it happened. Today, nearly my whole class was disappointed to hear that it was time to go home. I had only 2, out of 15 students, actually say, "Yessssssss!" when I announced, "it's almost time to go home..."

This feeling is one beyond words. I cannot even begin to explain how it felt to have that many students disappointed that school was actually ending! This is why I love teaching. Knowing that my lessons and all I do in the classroom actually mean something to the students.

I really wanted to share this with everyone. I believe that those who truly care about their students would aim to have more days the end with, "Awwww, we gotta go home?!?!?!" instead of the negative counter-part.

As I raise my bottle of ale, I say, "Hears to a GREAT year to come!"

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In a World Without You

From: mixed__up
Date: Aug. 8th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)

Teaching noob! Hurry up and get home, I gots lots to tell =P

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