And I am very proud of myself. I am very much a procrastinator, but I am very glad to find that shifting into teacher gear is helping me get my butt in gear. A blessedly stern and very kind mentor teacher is very helpful as well. She is instilling a lot of good work and organizational habits in me that I desperately needed.
She asks that I have all my lesson plans and materials to her for the week ahead by each Friday afternoon. I create and share everything with her on Google Drive so it stays easy. I got all my plans and materials for next week created and shared with her today at school, so I now feel ahead for once in my life.
Just need to get the TPA out of my way, and I will feel totally fine.
Musings of a High School Teacher – The Impossible Knife of Memory Ch. 32-61
Teachers often wonder if students realize that we have lives outside of school. “Don’t they realize that we can’t answer an email as soon as they send it at 4 am on a Sunday?” It often stresses us out that we have to juggle multiple lives, obligations, and schedules; however, what is often overlooked is the fact that our students are dealing with the same issues.
We are cognizant that we do not understand everything that happens to our students outside of class, but it is easy to just project our own experience growing up onto our students. I know that I am guilty of thinking that my students exaggerate their home life and what is expected of them. This novel is a reminder of how much some young people deal with on a daily basis. Hayley has more responsibility than a young person should have to deal with and she does so without any adult assistance.
After reading this section of the novel I came to school on Monday and looked around at my students. Some of them had sleepy eyes. Others had wrinkled clothing. A few were having trouble focusing on their first assignment. I was a little more patient, a little more understanding, a little more questioning of how their weekend went. A little more thoughtful of their experience.
I have already passed the novel on to another teacher in the hopes that these feelings spread throughout my building.
She was in an ice-related single car accident and has a bad break in her arm. I probably won’t see her all week while she recovers.
And you gotta love her: She had her parents text me today’s lesson plans.
oh no! thoughts and prayers! student teaching is hard enough… what a thoughtful person to still make sure you got the plans. May she have a speedy recovery!