This week has been one of those weeks where I’ve stayed at school until almost 8pm every night, so when I came upon this wonderful first-year teaching graph, it just made me burst out laughing. I truly hope that I don’t hit the disillusionment stage. Even feeling like I’m in “survival” mode, I still feel pretty positive about life. I’m in love with my kids and couldn’t love my job more! Not to say that there aren’t stressful times (because I’ve definitely had my share of those lately), but by looking at things sunny-side up, I know exciting things will occur. I am so hopeful for a wonderful rest of the year. I know I will face many challenges, but I am sure of one thing – I will persevere!
2. A Girl with Many Names:
I always greet students with a friendly hello as I pass by, but being a new teacher in a big building, many students do not yet know my name. So far, this is what I have been referred to by students (keeping in mind that I’m 5’10” with blonde hair): Mrs. Pretty Lady, Tall Pretty Lady, Big Giant Girl, Huge Teacher, Miss Nice Teacher, Mommy, Mom, and Mr. Smarty Brain (I’d have to say that last one is one of my favorites… said by a kindie of course J ).
Recently I was walking down the hallway to my office when a 4th grader whispered to her friend, “That girl looks like a real-life Barbie.” It definitely made me giggle. A few days after that, I was conversing with a colleague when a first grade student passed and said “Hi Barbie Girl!” Haha. I couldn’t contain myself at that point. I didn’t know what to say, other than just laugh. Apparently I look like a Barbie… I’m just going to take it as a compliment. J
3. The Wolf:
This adorable stuffed wolf has been passed around to different staff members in our building. It is given to a staff member to recognize their efforts for making our school a great place for kids to grow and learn. I was recently given this wolf to acknowledge the positivity I bring to the school and for the new ideas I share and the effort I put into the work that I do with kids. J I was really excited as a new staff member to be recognized! Thank you to my wonderful staff for appreciating my efforts! I couldn’t do it without you!!!!
4. Chatter Box:
And this last one is from a student who has been giving me a particularly difficult time in class. I wanted to cry when I read it…
Such a simple statement, yet so powerful!
|This is the students' favorite thing - looking at the bird inside the box when they leave a message :-)|