Saturday, June 9, 2012

No Longer a First-Year Teacher!

Well... yesterday marked the last day of my first year of teaching! I suppose I'll need to change the title of this blog to something else then. Any ideas? This year has been one of the most stressful and influential years of my entire life—I am definitely not at all the same person I was a year ago. When I graduated from college, I was very worried that I was not “grown up” enough to start a career and really just wanted to go to grad school instead. But I have learned that you can't possibly feel completely ready to teach upon graduating—it's just one of those things that you have to jump into and work your butt off until you get it. There are still so many aspects that I don't get... but I was able to reflect on my teaching this year and really find some key areas that I needed to focus on improving this summer before I begin teaching next year. All I can do is improve!

As of right now, I do not know what I will be teaching next year. There is a possibility I may move to third grade! I am very open to the move and can't wait to start preparing for either grade... I just hope I know something soon!

My current challenge is a science camp that I will be teaching at for four weeks this summer (beginning on June 18). It is all inquiry-based and I will be teaching sessions of 2nd - 3rd graders, 4th - 5th graders, and 6th - 8th graders (a little worried about that one—but I'll survive). Right now I am trying to learn all of the content I am teaching, as well as looking over past lesson plans and trying to revamp them a little bit to add my teaching style to them. Although school has ended, I don't officially get to relax until July 20th. At least I won't be bored! :)

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