Well… that’s a bitter sweet reality. I am 10 days away from my 2nd year of teaching. I’m going from 3rd grade LA/SS to 3rd grade Math/Sci. I return on August 1st for LOTS of training and professional development, which I am very excited for! I told myself I was going to learn AT LEAST as much this coming year as I did last year, and my TPT journey//blogging was a great start. It took me all summer to get a few products on, and get this blog designed how I like it. HUGE shout out to my amazing best friend Emily, who met with me today to design my logo! It was exactly what I wanted 🙂
A bit more about myself: I am originally from upstate NY. I went to college at a small school in Pennsylvania (ESU woowoo!) and finally moved to Austin, TX when I graduated. I got my first teaching job about 10 months later in my top choice grade and consider myself very blessed. I, like most others, had a challenging first year with many ups and downs, but learned so many things. I can’t wait to learn more and share with you on my way!
Here’s one of my most memorable conversations thus far on my teaching journey: I was running around the workroom printing, laminating, and cutting. I was stopped by the librarian who (thank you God) noticed how frantic I seemed. She told me something I will never forget. She told me to give up.
Give up trying to do what every other third grade teacher was doing every day. She reminded me to do the things I knew my students needed, not what every other 3rd grader needed. From then on, I stopped trying to do what everyone else was, and focused on doing what I knew would benefit my class. Talk about refreshing.
How long have you been teaching? What is your best piece of advice for me this upcoming year? What was your most memorable experience in your teaching career?