Hey y’all from the Felton,
It’s be a blissful evening after a full day of student teaching/subbing/line leader/pencil-picker-upper. Today was my second day in two weeks to teach my class alone. I must say, I appreciate the trust I have already built. In addition, I love the autonomy and working with my students. However, my feet hurt. I know, whine, whine, whine.
But, let me break it down for you.
Go hug a teacher today. I experienced not going to the bathroom all day, snacking as my lunch, no water, and graded 100 math quizzes, literally. Let me tell you, not getting to go to the bathroom all day while on your period….not the best thing in the world. Sorry if that was too much information, just being honest. This teacher stuff is hard.
But, let me tell you this. I had a student apologize to me today for his attitude yesterday. Yea, he may had been forced to, but he was sincere and extremely kind today. I received my first “love note” from one of my 5th grade ladies. She wrote how “grate” I was. Yes, we will be working on her spelling…. three sets of arms wrapped around me to hug me good-bye, and I saw improvements on my math small group’s quizzes.
I have never felt more exhausted, but I have also never felt more challenged. It’s a Sour Patch Kids kind of feeling.
Hence, it was nice to sit down to sloppy joes and salad for dinner tonight and soak in some social media. Literally, there were five of us at the dinner table scarfing down food and eating in silence. Eating and internet, what more do you need to rejuvenate?
This weekend lesson planning will be in full-swing. I begin my novel unit on Monday. I have relived my childhood and read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow by Ann Turner, and Call of the Wild by Jack London. I cried finishing Number the Stars on the bus Wednesday morning. We will be doing Reader’s Theater, guided reading, paired reading, character expositions, and reading response journals. I will definitely post some of my lesson plans and student work. Click here to see my At a Glance Outline for the novel unit.