We hit the 9 week mark on Friday. This first marking period flew by. I know, I know, everyone says this, but really, just…whoosh. Gone.
So, as I ask my students to reflect each quarter and to make a goal for the next, I will do the same.
My thoughts on the first marking period of the 2019-20 school year in list form:
- I’m definitely enjoying the change from 8th grade to 6th grade this year.
- 6th graders are much more squirrely than 8th graders, but still hilarious.
- With no set curriculum for 6th grade Reading, each week has been an adventure to say the least.
- The ESL classes I am also taking to get my endorsement on top of figuring out and teaching a brand new curriculum = utter exhaustion.
- I am learning a lot.
- The days feel rushed, more so than in years past for some reason, and I feel like I am not digging deep enough into the material.
- I don’t want to let these kids down by not being a good enough teacher. This is not a new feeling. This is the same feeling every single year. Does this feeling ever go away?
- I feel like this feeling of doubt, of being so unsure has just gotten perpetually worse over the past few years. And I don’t understand why.
- Middle schoolers really are the best though.
- For reals.
My goals for 2nd marking period also in list form:
- Continue plugging away at creating this new 6th Grade Reading Curriculum.
- Confer one on one with students. I have never been very good at this for an extended amount of time. I want to really work on that this school year.
- Read more books to share with my students. My grad classes are allowing for less and less pleasure reading. Booooooo.
- On a personal note, I must start working out regularly and writing more often. This is the first time I have written for pleasure since the end of August. That makes me sad.
- Remember my why. Every day. All day. Be the best teacher I know how to be and stop comparing myself to others.
What about you? How have these 9 weeks been for you? Even if you are not a teacher, it is always good to do a check in every now and again.
Cheers to the next 9 weeks! (And once those are done, we are half way through the school year, say what?!)