One question: Does this sound familiar?!
I can definitely say school is now in full swing. The kids are expected to know their routines and procedures and they are learning lots of new skills! Report cards are about to go home, so grades are due in the grade book and in our reading database, and pacing calendars for the next 9 weeks will soon be due. The evidence from my current reading goal needs to be gathered and my new reading goals need to be written. Students need to be assessed and I have loads of conferences that have already begun. Also, because I teach the lowest quartile of first graders in our school for reading, I need to begin tutoring and get kids started on the RTI process.
It seems like this time of year we have meeting after meeting. There are the data meetings, RTI meetings, reading goal meetings, grade-level meetings, faculty meetings, literacy committee meetings, technology meetings, team meetings, IEP meetings, vertical team meetings, PMP meetings.....it just goes on and on and on. Then there are the weekly lesson plans to write (and submit to administration), the weekly newsletter, field trips to plan, parties to organize, and oh so much more. Just reading that list makes me tired....but the crazy thing is that all of that happens *behind the scenes!*
Before, during, and after all of that stuff, my main, most important job, is meeting the needs of my kids INSIDE the classroom. It is making sure I cover every standards and differentiate my instruction as needed. It is keeping my kids engaged, making learning fun, and providing a safe learning environment where kids are free to speak their mind and make mistakes. It is creating a "caring community of learners dedicated to making the world a better place" <---part of our mission statement. It is my job to TEACH these kids. Yes I can assess them, I can chart them, I can analyze them, I can plan for them, but at the end of the day---my real job is to teach them. And THAT is the part of my job that I LOVE.
What other job can you get paid to receive sincere hugs all day? (I counted today---out of curiosity---I received 84 unsolicited "just because" hugs in one day.
What other job will kids tell you that you are the BEST teacher they've ever had, that they love you so much, or scream "This is the best day EVER!" with a huge smile on their face---every day? What other job will someone daily tell you that you have the prettiest hair, eyes, clothes, and maybe even feet they've ever seen?! How many other jobs will someone compliment your art and singing abilities regaurdless how average they may be?!
I mean really. How lucky are we?!
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