It was the first day of school. I arrived to school late and my students were already lined up at my door and waiting for me. I went inside the classroom and my first activity for my students was NOT set up. I tried to figure out what to do with them. I thought up some random mental math question which I wrote on the board for my students to solve. It was just a disaster. Not a good way to start the year.
Luckily, this was only a nightmare, and not a reality. Yes, it’s that time of year and I still get those first day of school nightmares. I would hope that by year nine, I wouldn’t be so nervous about the first day of school!
I still have time to finish preparing everything for the first day of school. School starts on Tuesday and I’m pretty close to being ready for the first week. In the midst of the busyness of preparing things for the first week of school, I need to take some time to stop and reflect. I need to remember why I started this profession and why I continue it.
Reasons why I’m still teaching…
- I can make a positive impact of the lives of my students through the course of one school year.
- Even though at times this can be an incredibly challenging job that consumes so much of my energy, focus and time, it is so rewarding when a student says, “you are the one who made me love reading/writing/math, etc…” That makes it all worth it.
- Every year is so unique and memorable. I learn new things from my group of students each year and I become a better teacher because of the experiences I go through.
- I love that as a profession, I am always learning new things and improving my craft as a teacher. It really does bother me when people say that teaching is such an “easy” job. If you are a good teacher, it shouldn’t be so easy. There’s always new research going on and different things that you can improve on in your craft. I have yet to meet anyone that has perfected teaching. I think that there is always room for improvement and that you can always find ways to challenge yourself.