Busy, Busy, Busy

These next 3 weeks of my life are going to be pretty busy. Here’s a list to help you understand a little bit of what is going on in my life for the next month or so.

1. My 2nd year of teaching ends in 9 days. I thought surviving my first year was a feat, but somehow this year seemed a little more difficult. Every year we have to make changes and try to defeat the odds and make progress with a new group of students.

However, in the next 9 days, I need to get students caught up on all their missing work, help them finish their end of unit projects, and grade 127 projects and give a final test. (EEK!) They are having fun making them! I just have to get my classroom cleaned up after they are done!

2. Talent show- somehow I took the initiative to put on a talent show again this year. I forgot how much work it is. Not that I don’t have help, but it is still a lot of work and I have to be after school 3 days this week for afternoon rehearsals and performances. But I don’t do it for me, I do it for the kids that are extremely talented and need a chance to show it off!

3. Throwing a Bachelorette party!- One of my best friends, favorite people, and kindred spirit is getting married and I am throwing her a bachelorette party in my city and at my apartment. Great idea, except in between teaching and grading and talent showing, I need to clean my apartment so people can stay there. However, I am looking forward to hanging out and having a girls’ night out! 4. Packing and preparing to travel to Mexico for my brother’s wedding!- I am starting my summer out with bang, a vacation with my family to Mexico for a wedding. I am a tad nervous because some of my family is not as familiar with traveling and there are a lot of factors to this sort of travel. I have gotten a dress, some swim suits, and now I just need to get some essentials. I am missing some teacher workdays to go, so that means I have to have everything done before I leave. (In fact, thinking about it makes me want to stop writing this post and make a to do list.)

5. Being a maid of honor and marrying off best friend, favorite person and kindred spirit- Just a few days after returning to the US, I am in a wedding of the same beautiful friend. I have to work 1 day, then pack again and driving 3 hours to Salina, KS and witness another beautiful event.

Those are just the big things. There are a lot of little details and small things to do to get me through these next couple of weeks.

Here are 5 things that are going to get me through.
1. Caffeine!
2. The fact that I look A-mazing in my dress for Mexico and my bridesmaid dress. (60 pounds down…20ish more to go!!)
3. I get to lay on a beach in MEXICO!
4. School is almost out for the year and then I have SUMMER!!!!
5. The grace of God. I am bound to make some mistakes in the next 3 weeks, and I am going to need lots of grace!

What do you have going on in the next 3 weeks? Are you busier than me? Or am I to be jealous of you?

A New Day

As a teacher, you have good days and bad days. The bad days have a funny way of being the most prevalent in your mind. They have a way of sticking out when you think about your week. They are the days that keep you awake at night. There are those moments, those impatient words that you wish you could take back, do differently.

This week, I had maybe one bad day, but the rest were okay. I have my bad hours, bad moments, and even bad seconds. As a fairly new teacher, I tend to focus on the behavior of my students to measure whether or not they behaved.

I don’t want to be that kind of teacher. I want to be the kind that starts everyday new and measures the success of the day on whether my students learned something or not.

I want to be the kind of teacher, that is a student of her students, that studies them and tries to understand whether they understand or not.

I want to be the kind of teacher that is patient, kind and does not anger quickly.

I want to be the kind of teacher, that inspires students, not causes them to be disinterested.

I want to be the kind of teacher, that doesn’t have to be right all the time, that can learn from her collegues.

I want to be the kind of teacher, that proves those who say that I can’t or I am idealistic, wrong.

Even though this year is different and has its moments of chaos. I want to start everyday new with a since that the slate is blank and the day is what I make it.