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It’s been a while since I posted here and there’s a reason for that. It’s been a tough year for this teacher. Like second-guess your career choice tough. Not being one to air my grievances on my blog (I save that for my poor Facebook friends, bless them), I decided not to post anything at all.
But with the end in sight and creative juices flowing (not to mention being on spring break and able to breathe for a few days), I thought I would post pictures of my classroom and some anchor charts I’ve done for the kids.
Hey, if it doesn’t feel good, at least make it look good.
First up, my new spring time classroom door decoration. My room is known by the green pouf on the door, so I left it and added the flowers I made.
Next, my I’m Done poster. Kids need to know what their options are. There’s a blank apple that I can write something else on with a dry erase marker.
Parts of Speech
Weather Tools (I used the foldable that was my model for their class assignment.)
Types of Communities
I suppose I could work on my handwriting, but I’m old, so who cares. It’s a sight better than that of my third graders.
About the time we were doing our space unit, I happened to go into a clothing store at our local mall and mentioned I loved the decorations and wished I could have some for my classroom. The manager told me to hang on a minute and she would see what she could find. Turned out, they had taken down a display and had tons of Mylar balloons and metallic garland. So, I took it to school and turned my room into my own personal galaxy.
You may notice the sparseness of the room. I’d say it is because I am a new teacher and haven’t accumulated much. Partially true. Mostly, I’m just OCD like that about clutter and stuff being out of place. The kids are funny and have got me figured out. I stood by a particularly cluttered desk area and the student next to the mess maker said, “Dude, you better clean that up. You’re freaking her out!” Well said, small friend.
They say “Patience is a virtue.” It is amusing to me as I sit here and think about the ways I have patience and the ways I don’t. When it comes to thinking about the future, I have no patience at all.
It is a tremendous challenge for me to think about my teaching future at the moment. I need a job. There, I said it. Student teaching is work, but not a job. Having a job implies that you are paid for the work you do in ways other than experience, so I need to get me one of those lined up.
Here’s where the lack of patience comes in. As is the norm for the spring, there are positions being posted in the county for next school year. As they come up, I am tempted to apply because of the previous comment. However, there are issues with each of the positions. The main issue is that they are not at one of the few schools I really want to teach in. Here’s the problem: once you take a position, you must wait 3-5 years to request a transfer. So, just taking a job for the sake of having one that is somewhere you may not thrive is risky.
I know where I want to teach. I am trying to be patient for openings there, but to be frank and honest, as so many of you have thanked me for in the past, I am freaking out a little over here as jobs post at different schools.
Let me hear from you. How did your first teaching position come about? Was it where you wanted, or was it a foot in the door thing? Tell your story! Maybe hearing the journeys of others will help me develop some patience, or if nothing else, pass some time while I enjoy reading them!