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i have no words

16 Dec

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I have no words for what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday.

I am so sad about all the children who lost their lives so early and to the teachers and other school personnel who lost their lives trying to protect the children.

It makes me so sad and makes my heart so heavy to think about all of those little children who had to live through this tragedy. All those children who will be terrified to go back to school, which should be a safe place.

I have been reading about what the teachers did to protect their students. They are heroes. They put their lives on the line and did whatever they could to hide those kids.

I am a teacher and I absolutely cannot imagine having to go through something like that. It makes me wonder….would I instinctively know what to do to protect my students? Would I say the right things to them so they know they are safe and loved? It is such a scary thing to think about.

I hope that we can remember the victims in this situation and not just focus on the crazy man who took all those lives. All of those 6 and 7 year old children who had so much of their lives ahead of them. And the teachers who are heroes in my eyes. I will remember them always.

My heart goes out to everyone involved in the situation.

 

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busy busy b

10 Apr
Things have felt crazy lately. I’m not really sure if there are specific things or just life in general. I can’t really put my finger on it….all I know is life has felt crazy.
I’ve been applying for jobs like crazy. I really really REALLY want a teaching job for next year. I am so ready to move on with my career. I have been checking for jobs every single day and sending out applications for anything I find that is in an elementary school. I think I’ve applied for about 25ish jobs so far and I’m writing them all down so I can remember what I’ve applied for. I know it is still early to hear back but I’m hoping I can at least get some interviews. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

There are some things I’ve been meaning to post about so hopefully I can get to some of those this week.
Hope everyone is having a good week!

1st Day of Teaching

30 Aug

So today was my first day of teaching 5th grade for my long-term sub job. The day actually went pretty well and better than I expected. I was really nervous leading up to this morning and as the kids came in, I didn’t feel quite so nervous. We did all easy, getting to know you, first day of school activities. Things were going quicker than expected and I felt like I was running out of things to do but it all ended up working out in the end. I feel pretty good at the end of the day.

We made fabulous self-portraits today. Most of them came out really well. I already hung them up on our bulletin board.

I even made one of myself while the students were working on theirs. (I know it is kind of light…I colored it with colored pencils)

I also put together our schedule and laminated it so we know what is going on during our day.

So overall, I think the day went pretty well. I’m looking forward to the next few months of learning more about my teaching style and having this experience.

Teaching Tomorrow

29 Aug

I went to school to be an elementary school teacher. I haven’t been able to find a job yet but last year I was a teacher assistant for 5th grade in a middle school in the area. I worked in all the classrooms but one more than the others. That teacher had a baby in June and is taking her maternity leave time this fall, until Christmas vacation. Since I already worked in the school, and didn’t get another teaching job, they decided I could cover for her class while she is on maternity leave. I wish I had gotten my own classroom position this year but, since I didn’t, this is excellent teaching experience for me to put on my resume.

The first day of school with the kids is tomorrow and I am really, really nervous. This is my first real teaching on my own experience. I know the first few days are more introducing everything and going slow so I know it will be fine. I think I just have thisĀ  feeling like all the students are going to be out of control and I’m not going to be able to fix it. Plus, because of Hurricane Irene, the school was closed today so I couldn’t go in to get all my last-minute stuff together and organized, which stressed me out a little more. I was able to get things done here but it isn’t the same as actually being in the classroom. I will just get there extra early in the morning to make sure everything is set. Then I will meet my class of 19 5th graders and begin our 4 months together.

I hope to blog about any fun teaching ideas, activities, or lessons I come up with. Or if anyone has any excellent lesson ideas for 5th grade reading, writing, math, or science, definitely let me know!

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