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A – aaa- Apple…who was I kidding?

I survived my first week but so needed the weekend to recover. It’s Sunday, and I’m still tired.

Kindergarten is hard! The material the state requires a child to know by the end of their kindergarten year far surpasses what I taught to my students 15 years ago. Several years ago they made some huge changes to the curriculum. It will take me a little time to figure it all out.

The kids are also quite different from the ones I taught 15 years ago. They don’t seem phased much by consequences or rewards. That’s going to take some work on my part as well. How to keep a classroom running well while teaching what they need to know. I’m not there yet.

I’m older than I was when I taught last time.  All the newness and uncertainty of the past week knocked me on my ass.  By Wednesday night I was so tired that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  Fleur de lis came over and took me to dinner.  At least that’s the story I was told.  I barely remember it.  There was leftover Chinese food in my refrigerator so I guess it really happened.

I barely saw my kids.  I went to work an hour early and stayed an hour late just about every day.  I went to the teacher supply store three times.  I was in bed by 9:30 every night.

I teach this week and then have a week for Spring Break. I am so happy about that!  I think a week to recover from my first two weeks of teaching is just what I need.


4 responses »

  1. Congratulations on it all, Natalie!

  2. Wow, I obviously have not been reading your blog enough lately! So much has happened in your life, especially now with the new teaching job. I hope you enjoy it, and good look with your first few weeks.

  3. I am a student in pre-school education (somewhere in Europe) and I am so dissapointed from the whole thing. I mean, there are certain things a kid can learn or understand in a certain age. Why push them to learn so much so soon? The things I learned in the fifth grade my little sister had to learn in the third grade. Did human brain changed so much in eight years that the kids of today ar better than us? I don’t think so. Can’t we just let them enjoy a few years before they are drown by the difficulties of this damn life?

  4. Congrats on surviving the first week! I hope you will be able to rest on Spring Break. It’s nice to get a little break at the beginning of a new job. Those first few weeks can be tough. I know you must be doing an awesome job!


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