Welcome back to Teacher Tidbit Tuesday! I love today's topic, because it's so fresh for me. Just coming off of my first year in my own classroom, so I have LOT of recent memories and stories.
I got a teaching job fairly quickly. I'm what Michaela from @thetownieteacher, calls a "townie." I'm teaching in the same district that I graduated out of. Granted, the district is massive, with 40 different elementary schools! lol This year I taught with 3 other ladies. I taught ELA/SS while my awesome partner taught math and science. I had two sections that we split the day with. There were about 23/24 students in each class. I teach at a title one so there are quite a few who came and went throughout the year!
My classroom at the beginning of the year was FULL of personality, like bursting at the seams.... and not necessarily in the best way lol. Mid-september we had to totally overhaul our classroom routines and procedures. We started morning meetings and came up with our own set of class rules, which really helped when I had to redirect students, because we referred back to THEIR rules!
My biggest struggle as a FYT was finding where I fit in at school. In the beginning, I burnt myself out trying to please everyone. I quickly learned the value of saying "no" without an explanation. In the beginning of the year, I'd get to school around 6 am and leave close to 5. It was super unhealthy. So, I had to set several boundaries for myself. My second semester went WAY smoother on all levels.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better school, team, or group of kids to spend my first year with. It was filled with laughter, memories, challenges, and SO MANY STORIES that I will cherish forever.