With my first week as a teacher in the books, I felt compelled to reflect on my experience more than just during my car rides home. I’m a first year 8th grade ELA teacher in a Title I urban school district, and this is my attempt to synthesize the bundle of nerves, joys, and challenges that await me.
Here is a short highlight reel of the past 8 days:
1. Yesterday while walking to get my lunch a 6th grader stopped in front of me and barfed all over. I skipped my yogurt and apple.
2. I really love some of the teachers I’ve met, and I think I’ve done a a pretty good job of avoiding the ones who kind of seem like they hate children.
3. Instead of doing his work on Thursday, my autistic student recorded EVERYTHING that was said by me/other students around him. He’s brilliant, and I’m excited to figure out effective ways to communicate with him.
4. I LOVE that middle schoolers say hi to me in the halls. High schoolers are way too cool for that.
5. Teaching is EXHAUSTING. Physically and emotionally. This three day weekend was welcomed with open arms and sore feet.
So, overall, it is going well so far. The idea of going to graduate school is still bouncing around in the back of my mind. I know I’m going to deeply miss upper-level content this year. I just get so darn excited about Hemingway. However, it’s quite obvious that I’ll be learning a whole lot from my kiddos this year. Life is ultimately about the way we use what we have in each moment, right?
I certainly have a lot to work with 🙂