Survival of the First Month of School

I am so happy that the first month of school is done with. It was a great time, but incredibly stressful and overwhelming all at once. It definitely had its highs and its lows. However, I wanted to remember how I survived it all!

  • I survived my first month of school! This is a big deal. At times, I felt like a first year teacher all over again. As I was dealing with a new curriculum, a new school, and a new country, many days I could only focus on one day at a time, in order to prevent myself from drowning!
  • I survived back-to-school night, where almost all of the parents came. Partly because I’m a new teacher, and they are scoping me out! 🙂
  • I survived my first round of progress reports. It’s nice that the format is open for us to choose and they are not required, but of course I still did them for all of my students!
  • I survived a field trip to a water park with 280 5th grade students on the second week of school.
  • I survived on our school’s amazing cafeteria food (Mr. Hoe’s catering) for lunch, and many times breakfast and/or snacks during our meetings. This food has given me energy, life and possibly a few extra pounds?!
  • I survived figuring out our 24 day rotating schedule with only 1 small mishap so far.  Yes, we have 24 DAY ROTATING SCHEDULE!  Somehow, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
  • I survived my first month of school, despite the overwhelming pressure I gave myself to do the best job possible, especially as a new teacher.

I’m still trying to figure out how to balance school life with everything else, including blogging. I hope that I can at least keep up with the slice of life Tuesdays, even though these past few weeks, sleep became a priority over blogging. Thank you to everyone who has been leaving comments on my blog! I’m so thankful to have this writing community because it helps me feel at home, even if I’m 9,500 miles away from my physical home.

What are some of your accomplishments in the first month/weeks of school?

7 thoughts on “Survival of the First Month of School

  1. pamelahodges says:

    I am sending you a hug. It will get there quicker than if I flew to see you.
    Your writing is clean and precise. I love the little slices of your life. I lived in Tokyo for seven years, and love a window into your world.
    I hope the next month is filled with wonder and joy, and more ups than downs.

  2. Elsie says:

    Hang in there Jee Young, things will get easier! You’ve had a great month and lived to tell about it. Here’s a fun fact, my husband (who attended SAS 40 years ago) remembers doing the 24 day rotation in high school.

  3. onesunflower says:

    I’m so curious – what is a 24 day rotating schedule? Our school schedule goes through so many morphs before being final – even after school starts. We are on version “H.” I can’t imagine everyone dealing with one that rotates! Thanks for sharing all your successes. Diminishes my troubles!

    • jee young says:

      This 24 day schedule is incredible! Hehehe…basically it goes from day 1 to day 24. So with some of their specials (PE, Art, Music), they rotate like every 3 days. Some of their other specials rotate every 6 days and stuff. Yes, it’s pretty intense, but in the end it all works out.

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