Yesterday was our first day back at school with students. As you know, I teach first grade. This year I have 20 students (as of now). 20 first graders is manageable, but the first few
months weeks can be a tad bit stressful. Of course, I believe this time is stressful for all teachers. The picture below is a perfect illustration of teachers in the summer vs. during the school year.
Along with getting new students, teachers seem to get a lot of new "stuff," too. New paperwork, new ways to document student success and student struggles, new classrooms, new sets of parents, new schedules.....well, you get the idea. There is so much going on that I have to work hard not to let my stress show when the students are around.
The amount of work we have to do in the beginning of the school year gives the old saying of "running around like a chicken with it's head cut off" a whole new meaning!
By Friday, I expect to completely exhausted.
But one thing is for sure. The students are worth all of the time, hard work, and energy that we put into the beginning of the year. They come in smiling and ready to learn. And when they leave us? They have learned to read, write stories, add, subtract and so much more! In fact, they make so much progress that we are continued to be amazed year after year.
With that said, I am heading to bed for some much needed rest. :)