9 weeks later

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:

  1. I’m definitely enjoying the change from 8th grade to 6th grade this year.
  2. 6th graders are much more squirrely than 8th graders, but still hilarious.
  3. With no set curriculum for 6th grade Reading, each week has been an adventure to say the least.
  4. The ESL classes I am also taking to get my endorsement on top of figuring out and teaching a brand new curriculum = utter exhaustion.
  5. I am learning a lot.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. Middle schoolers really are the best though.
  10. For reals.

My goals for 2nd marking period also in list form:

  1. Continue plugging away at creating this new 6th Grade Reading Curriculum.
  2. 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.
  3. Read more books to share with my students. My grad classes are allowing for less and less pleasure reading. Booooooo.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?!)

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