Before spring break last year, I couldn’t fathom going back into the classroom for another year. By May, I thought I might survive another year, but you couldn’t make me like it.
It’s July- and I’m pumped.
(Watching the Olympics is the ultimate motivator.)
In all seriousness, starting my second year is drastically different. I know what questions to ask, a little bit more of what to expect, and I feel significantly more confident in my teaching abilities. I am so lucky that my school has incredible support systems in place, particularly around discipline and teacher motivation. It will be hard- the expectations for my second year are drastically higher, but I feel confident in the more basic teaching skills. I am so excited!!! More on this as professional development…develops.
Additionally, this has been the BEST SUMMER EVERRRRRRRR! Legit. I am surrounded by family, friends, and the best city in the world, which has rejuvenated me. I have attended so many amazing events, surrounded myself with so many loving people, and accomplished a number of important goals, like hosting a Wellness Fair! I had the opportunity to coach swimming again, and learn about special education law in my graduate class. I just returned from the most beautiful reunion with my college family in Birmingham, where I stood up for my dear friend at the wedding of a lifetime. Now, to plan my next adventure….can’t even pick a picture for this because the world is full of possibilities!
Note: In a recent conversation N, a past student, has promised to think about her actions before fighting others so that I can watch her walk across the stage next year when she graduates 8th grade. I can’t wait!