It’s crazy that I’ve completed two weeks at the job, but I have yet to teach a single class. Yesterday marked the end of our in-service training, and on Monday, we’ll begin teaching classes. Monday. It’s coming so fast.
This week we went through a FranklinCovey training on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and it was AWESOME. I’ve never read the book, but after the workshop, I’m definitely going to apply the principles to my life. The book is also on my “Books to Buy/Read” list (which gets LONGER by the minute), and I would encourage you to check it out too.
So, my teaching career starts in about two days…and I think I’m feeling OKAY about it. I might be fooling myself, because there’s SO. MUCH. TO. DO…but I definitely feel better than I felt before. My middle school team is pretty cool, and one thing that I learned from the workshop is that teachers are the WORST students. If you’ve ever been around a group of teachers, then you already know. If there are any teachers reading this, just observe your faculty meetings. I promise that you’ll see characteristics of your students that drive you crazy in your coworkers. In a strange way it’s comforting, because you see that even with those characteristics that make you want to throw a textbook across the room, the person can still grow up and become a productive citizen that contributes to society.
Anyhow, I have a LOT more in my head, but I’ve got even more on my plate of things to do…so I’m going to tackle that. Wish me luck!
August 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm
No more “information overload” preplanning meetings before the intial start of school. The unique adrenaline rush of the first day of school never gets old for teachers! Kudos & best wishes for a great first day & week of school!
August 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm
I know EXACTLY what you mean about teachers being the worst students. Lawd, lawd…
And please let me know how you like 7 Habits… I read the teen version this summer and taught it to our 4th year students, but I think I got just as much if not more out of it than them! Might be a nice book to have in your classroom as well…