apathetic-narry said: hello! i absolutely adore your blog. what would you do if one of your students discovered your blog, and approached you about it?
Hello and thank you! As for your question…my blog is mostly about me and my feelings (lots of it is self-deprecating humor or poking fun at the general ridiculousness that is my life as a teacher), but I have never once made a post about my students that was fueled by animosity. I know some blogs similar to mine often say things about students that are downright mean (in my opinion), but I avoid that, because what’s the point in being legitimately angry when you can just try to find the humor in things? It’s a much better way of coping, I think. My students know I love them and the humor I have on here is the same humor I have in class, so I’ve not really anything to be ashamed of. If a student were to discover my blog, whatever — we’re not talking about it in class, but I really don’t care if they see it. It’s all in good fun. ;)
righthere-rightmeow said: Hi. I am a college student who will hopefully be an elementary school teacher someday. I'm writing a paper on the struggles of a first year teacher and was wondering if there was anything you could tell me about your first year? I tried getting in touch with my fourth grade teacher (because she had the most impact on me as a student) but she no longer teaches in my district. Any input that you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Ashley.
Hello! I tried to answer this privately for literally the last three days and I cannot, so either I’m an idiot or I just have no idea what I’m doing (or maybe possibly both), so I’m sorry. I can delete it after you read it if you want.
Basically, my first year was absolutely crazy, because I was hired to teach PreK and they moved me to 4th grade after a week because the 4th grade teacher quit after a few days. So I was kind of thrown into the classroom even more unprepared than a normal first-year teacher (as we are all always terribly unprepared, no matter how much education we have), because I didn’t even have the summer to plan my curriculum or anything like other first-year teachers get to.
I ended up LOVING 4th grade though, and now I can’t even imagine teaching anything else. The age is so perfect for me, because the kids are still in the “I love my teacher” phase, but they’re old enough to talk to in a more mature way and the subject matter is more advanced so you can go further in depth, which I like. Science especially is my favorite.
Basically everything else I felt about that year is best summed up in this blog entry I wrote in February, in which I discuss first-year teacher burnout, how I dealt with being overwhelmed, and why I wish more teachers could learn to hang onto this profession despite the things that make it hard.
Hope this helps — thanks for asking.