Well, I have wanted to start blogging since I started teaching. Clearly that hasn't happened. When I was student teaching in South Carolina, I kept a journal (for the first three months). So, I figured I would give it another shot and hopefully keep it up. Fingers crossed.
As a new teacher, I am ALWAYS trying new things. There are a lot of ideas built up in this noggin of mine, and I'm slowly but surely getting to implement them.
For starts, this is my second year as a real-live teacher. Last year, I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade math for the drop-out prevention program at my school. This year, I'm teaching 6th grade and 7.5 (students complete both 7th and 8th grade curriculum in their 7th grade year and then move to the 9th grade). Last year was a mess. I came in trying to be cool and nice and the students ate it right up. I had some great lessons and some great moments, don't get me wrong, but when I'm old and retired and look back on my first year of teaching I'm still going to squirm. This year, however, is 235234123 times better. I came into the year strict and structured and I'm 235234123 times happier.
People have always told me, "don't smile until Christmas." I never believed them. Whatever you do, BELIEVE THEM!! Students need structure, they like structure. They will never tell you that, but I promise, it works.
So, here we are. Almost half way through the year and I have some great things to write about. Coming soon, of course...
“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -Tom Bodett