A year in the work life of a new elementary school teacher

A year in the work life of a new elementary school teacher

January 24, 2020 10 By Stanley Isaacs


I became a teacher because i was
supposed to go to law school I was going to do the whole lawyer thing do all that
and I changed my mind second semester of my senior year and I thought why not be
the change that sounds so cliche but why not be the change so I ended up
graduating and then going in and getting my masters in teaching and here I am. I had a breakdown about two nights ago. I will be honest I cried, I said i can’t
believe they gave me a teaching certificate I can’t believe they gave me a job I
feel so inadequate it was just.. *Wooosh* I talked to my team Teacher, talked to my Principal, talked to my Parents and it’s it’s important to just have a good support team to go to
because if you don’t have that you’re gonna lose your mind so I’m I’m feeling
nervous but I’m feeling a good nervous now not an inadequate nervous. Connecting with the kids for sure. My
energy feeds off of people. What’s a better job than working with 24~25 students
every day not to mention a great staff. I know I made the right choice obviously I
wouldn’t be a teacher if I wasn’t and if they didn’t think it was the right
choice but I think I just need a lot of “You can do this!” “We’re here to help you whatever you need
, just come to us” Just reassurance is key right now. Is life too cliche of an answer? I have a good job, I have a great staff, I have a great family to go home to. I just.. it just gets me excited I’m kind of my own energy drink. A fun one If I was a teacher I don’t know. *uhhm* I have a lot to learn, so I think I would say new and eager and ready to soak up any information. So if anybody has any tips thrown my way because I’ll soak them up *laughes* If I could sum it up *Arrrgggh* What’s going on in my head is just “Oh.. My.. God..” It’s a learning curve the size of Mount Everest and I want all first-year teachers to know that. I wasn’t in the trenches subbing so this is literally just.. raw first-year. Crazy!.. Would be how I would describe it. Making sure you’re doing everything content-wise, making sure you’re
connecting with them, making sure your management, making sure timing.
Building relationships and all of it just comes so fast. I wish I would have known the kids.
I have kids who were at way advanced. I have kids who were.. need
lots of intervention and I just wish that I would have been more prepared in
that sense but I I knew what I was getting myself into but I didn’t know
what I was getting myself into. It’s a lot of taking my lesson plans, and
making sure that these guys up here can get it these guys middle-of-the-road can
get it, and then I’m still making sure that I can pull these guys up too.
So differentiation is huge. Just tell me it’s gonna be okay. *Chuckles slightly* I said that I think at the
beginning to was just building me up and reassuring me that I know what I’m doing. I could really use that a lot right now
because I feel like I’m going through the day sometimes with my hair on fire. I’m always up for a challenge and I love
seeing what’s gonna happen today. What can I take on today. That’s just the
unknown gets me out of bed and the unexpected. I have no idea. *laughes* I have no idea. Maybe I’m the engaging teacher and the teacher that feels like she doesn’t have a clue. I literally feel like I don’t have a
clue.. You don’t have to put that on there.. My confidence could use a good boosting
and I could use a good christmas vacation. Well I felt like my hair was on fire
there coming back. They forgot everything, you had to
reteach expectations. Had to reteach where everything goes, how to do everything, so that was kind of a shocker. But it was expected, but it was still
shocker. Helping me when I come in screaming “I
don’t know what I’m doing!” Always just support when I come in freaking out. and then this building, they’re so supportive, I know that I can
go in at any time of the day into any room in this building and say hey help
me out someone’s gonna come running.
I love it here. When they say that teaching is something new everyday and you really
have to learn to go with the flow and be flexible. I have found that tenfold this year. You
have to be ready for anything, and I think that’s kind of what gets me going
the most, as I love the unexpected and its kind of riding that adrenaline all
day. What’s gonna happen, what’s gonna happen, I love that part of it, so that
part’s really fun to me. I think who I am as a teacher is a
motivator and an engager. I can draw something out of a kid who may be struggling or who’s not necessarily wanting to do something. I have a way of
building a relationship and having a conversation with that student to get
them to do the work and make it personable and connect it in such a way that they
are able to do it at their level. Feels like the first start of the year
and I’m having to re-establish ground rules again and I think that’s to be
expected because all their testing is done. And they’re getting excited and
ready for the summer just like all of our teachers here are, so I think that’s a
little bit of it too. Just knowing that.. I’m a constant in their life has kept me
coming back because they need that support. So I need them and they need me
and it’s been it’s been kinda cool to see that come down at the end of the
year because they’ve been kids that I think maybe I haven’t reached this year,
and it turns out that actually I have and that’s been really rewarding to see. I’m more of a learner. I think I’ve gotten so much good advice this year from my colleagues from my administration. That it’s been invaluable
to me and it’s something that I can totally take and use for ever. And that’s
part of the reason why I love teaching to it because you’re never going to be
perfect Teaching is something that is going to
change every year and year after year there’s always something new to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s not a sign of weakness, it doesn’t
mean that you’re terrible your job, and it doesn’t mean that people aren’t going
to like you. In fact they’re gonna respect you a lot
more if you ask for help rather than if you just try and figure it out on your own. You’re not alone. Oh my gosh you’re not alone teaching is
not a profession that’s meant to be alone. You’re supposed to work together and
collaborate. There were definitely moments felt like I
was on this curve where I did question myself a lot of the times saying, did I do
the right thing getting into teaching. Is this for me I don’t know and that was
one of those moments where I reached out to colleagues reached out to my
administration and realize that that’s the only way I’m gonna get through this
is if I talk it out. I can’t you can’t harbor all those
feelings inside, so I’m proud to say that this first year was one of those that I
choose to power through. The first year of teaching is one of those professions
that you throw yourself to the wolves and that experience is the best
teacher. So each year I feel like I’m only going to get better. So I am really
looking forward to next year.