The Second Grade Acquisition

It’s not official and a tiny part of me feels like I am jinxing it but…

I am going to be teaching second grade next year! And in teacher-speak, that means this fall.

In our year-round district, that means in the middle of July!

I haven’t signed a contract yet though the principal has already told me to plan on being at her site this fall aka July 2014. I am very excited!

I will be co-teaching with another teacher who needed to reduce her full-time contract to take care of her elderly mother. We will teach in blocks so one week I will teach Thursday & Friday and the second week I will teach the following Monday & Tuesday. Then the cycle starts again.

What does this mean for our family?

My husband R could not be more supportive. He knows that I am used to keeping myself busy on purpose. {Likewise he knows that I know how to nap like a pro to avoid stress.} He has felt guilty that I’ve haven’t been able to work as much as I would have liked but in retrospect, I think everything has worked out in the end. I’ve observed countless teachers in action, wonderful teaching in three different states {more on that later}, and made awesome and fabulous friends!

My girls, who are in first grade and third grade, are harboring ill will toward this new position. R and I think it’s because it’s been me before school and after school for all of their lives that any other routine is unsettling.

The other day L {the first grader} scraped her elbow at the playground afterschool with Daddy and even though Daddy put a band-aid over it, she still needed a hug from Mommy. She said, “Mommy, I don’t want you to be a REAL TEACHER.”

“Why?” I asked. “Do you want me to just stay at home while you’re in school and wait for you?”

“Yes.”

Of course she does. I forget that they’re at the age where they still believe {and rightfully so} that they are at the center of my world.

And they are.

But life still must go on. Mommy must, like her children, do what makes her happy.

What does this mean for me?

I’m going to be in a classroom again! For me, this arrangement is the best of both worlds. My co-teacher and I have similar personalities. As a substitute teacher I’m pretty laid-back and flexible. You have to be or you will drive yourself crazy.

I miss all of the teachers I’ve worked with over the years and look forward to picking their brain about best practices. I also look forward to getting to know the staff at my school.

The most successful teaching strategies I have used come from other teachers. How many times have I been in awe of student behavior when their teacher is absent? These kids understand rules and procedures and know they still exist even if their teacher is not there.

Likewise I’ve had pretty terrible classes though I don’t blame the teacher. I do not mesh well with some age groups, if cranky freshmen is an age group.

Is hormonal junior high an age group?

As you can see by my blog, I take pictures of successful teacher classrooms because I think what the teachers and students are doing is pretty amazing and I want to steal their ideas!

In fact, I’m thinking about writing a separate blog for my journey though I don’t think I would be able to keep up the ruse for very long.

Don’t get me wrong. Teacher blogs are so adorable and helpful. Teachers from all over the country have started blogging about what their classroom looks like, what they’re teaching, and how they are teaching.

Yeah, I don’t think I could maintain that.

I am sarcastic. I bitch. I whine. {Um, hello? Have you been reading this?} I swear a lot, even in real life but in the comfort of my own home.

Totally NOT appropriate for a teacher blog. I will happily write NWC instead.

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