Sunday Post | Surprises & Stress!

August 9, 2015 Sunday Post 26

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Basically it’s a chance to talk about the books you bought, borrowed, blogged about, and read for the week and what’s coming in the week ahead – and then share them with a much wider blogging community. Check out the details here.

News at Home

So I started work this week and… well it’s going to be an interesting year based on the surprises I got hit with! If you recall, I got hired at the end of April and was told I’d be teaching 5th grade Science. This was confirmed at the end of May, when I toured the school and met the principal. Well… on Wednesday I got a BIG surprise. Looks like I’ll be teaching Kindergarten. This was especially a surprise because my certification is for grades 4-8… as in, I’m not officially QUALIFIED to teach anything below 4th grade. When I talked to the principal about it, she apologized for messing up and said she’d see what we needed to do. So I went home Wednesday not knowing what I’d be teaching. Thankfully my certification program is GREAT and they answered all our questions faster than the school district could and we found out Thursday morning that I have to take the test before the semester begins if I’m going to teach Kindergarten.

So the stress is already on hard core. I was able to find two test dates before school starts and one of them my principal said it would be okay for me to miss work to take — August 18th. I’ve been in new teacher training since Wednesday and will be in it until this upcoming Wednesday. And then I have Teacher In-Service until school begins on the 24th. Amidst all that, I need to figure out how to teach kindergarten, setup my classroom, study for the certification exam that I have to take and pass on the 18th (or IDK what will happen – maybe I’ll lose my job? Trying not to think about that posssibility!) and oh yeah, we have Open House/Meet the Teacher night on the 20th. I can’t recall the last time I was in a Kindergarten classroom… when I went into my classroom to see what I have to work with (and it’s really VERY nice I have to say) I was shocked to see a toy kitchen set. Yeah, I didn’t know they get time to play things like house and with building blocks…! Eeek! I’ve been spending a lot of time (you know, when I’m not at orientation or studying for my exam) watching youtube videos and surfing pintrest to get a handle on what exactly I’m going to be doing. Thankfully I have a good friend that teaches PreK locally and I’m actually spending today with her, picking her brain. Hopefully I’ll be ready and not screw up royally! Wish me luck, I need it!

Blog News

Because of the above I’m going to be in and out a lot (I guess I should say a lot more, since I haven’t been around too well all year anyway) and I’m sincerely sorry for not replying to comments are visiting you. I’m trying, but I have to get a handle on the job first and foremost. I am reading comments though and I really appreciate them!

#FitReaders Update

I sucked so bad at the gym last week. I didn’t go once all week :/ I did get in about 7k steps a day, but the evening routine I worked so hard to establish went out the window in the face of work stress. I’m going to try really hard to get back on track this week, because I’m sure I’d handle the stress better if I were working out like I”m supposed to. On the plus side, I ate really healthy… except for the two handfuls of M&Ms I devoured Wednesday night in the stress of waiting to find out what was going to happen.

Last Few Weeks on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

I will have these reviews this week… not sure what else:
Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

How was your week?

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26 Responses to “Sunday Post | Surprises & Stress!”

    • Berls

      Thanks Michelle, I hope you’re right!! I’m a constant roller-coaster of emotions lately – hopefully I’ll get a handle on things in time for Monday (when school starts).

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I hope your exam went well yesterday, Berls. But I’m pretty sure it did. And you’re going to be a great kindergarten teacher because, as I’ve told you before, you *want* to be a teacher and are there for the *right* reasons. Any kid is going to be lucky to have you as a teacher!! I do hope the stress level will go down soon…although it may not until Labor Day. Then maybe you’ll get to take a breath. It’s going to be fun…just remember to check backpacks when it seems kids are done with their work really fast and already playing. Sometimes they slip their work into the packs in order to play sooner. 😉 I can’t wait to hear your next update!! Good luck with it all…I’m pulling for you!! <3 <3
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    • Berls

      Thank you Brandee! I think it went okay, I’ve been checking the website obsessively looking for my scores. Hopefully it’ll find out today. I’m a bundle of nerves – I met some of my kiddos last night and they’re adorable. One won’t talk to me though… I’ll explain it all in my Sunday Post. I hope all is well for you and your family! Sorry I’m such a stranger lately, so overwhelmed!

  2. Lexxie

    What? How could they change you from 5th grade science to kindergarten? And how in the world do they expect you to be ready for the school-year? I’m sure you’ll do very well on your test, because you’re awesome like that – but I can totally understand your stress, Berls. I would be out of my mind with stress, I think.
    Keep calm, study well and go get’em!! *hugs*
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  3. Debbie

    Hang in there and definitely good luck! I work in the education system as well (I’m a school social worker) so I know how stressful changes like this can be. I actually love working with kindergarten students as they are so eager to learn. I’m not sure if your school uses a PBS system or has in place any social skills trainings but if you need any ideas, let me know as we started classwide social skills groups at one of my schools last year and it was a total hit! Good luck!
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  4. Kathy

    Congratulations but I can see how this change is really stressful. But I’m sure you will do fine. The principal wouldn’t have given you the job if you weren’t already doing great. Good luck on your upcoming exam and have a great week!
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  5. kayk597

    Hang in there girl! I know you’d be a great kindergarten teacher, but what a wretched way to start your career, not even knowing what to expect. My sister was a teacher for almost 40 years, and she said that happened a lot, even to the seasoned veterans, in the last 10 years or so. She was teaching middle school geography and social sciences during that time, and they decided to make her the special ed teacher about 3 weeks before school started. She was reaching retirement age, so they hoped she’d quit early. Didn’t happen, and the parents of the s/e students were heartbroken when she did retire, so I know you can roll with the punches too. Good luck on the test, etc, and I’ll be sending good vibes your way.

  6. Stormi

    Your going to be an awesome Kindergarten teacher so don’t worry about it. 🙂 After the first week you will be going..why did I stress so much. 😉 Don’t worry about your blogging we know your still around but super busy. Once you get it all figured out then you will get a job and blog routine going. 🙂
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  7. Rita

    Good luck with school and don’t worry about it– we know you will manage okay and soon look back on this as a witty story to tell at get-togethers. I used to work in SpEd K-6th, but mostly K-2, so all I can say is: relax!

    I have one good suggestion for something to do with them… Have the class pick a favorite story from whatever you read together, then have them work in groups to make: a basic cardboard decorated puppet stage, kid-decorated hand puppets or stick puppets, etc., background drawings to tape on the whiteboard behind the stage, and work together on what they want put in the script.

    You can be the narrator and they can try to learn their lines but they will mostly ad-lib which will be hilarious for all. They get to work on language, memory, creativity, storytelling, thought-processing, vocabulary, artwork, and the biggie— cooperation!!
    Have fun and good luck with your studying and paperwork!

  8. Bea

    Whoa, I hate when school districts do that! I have experience with preK and Kindergarten so email me if you want and we can chat. First and formost, play is your main curriculum. Everything else will flow from that. Oh, and learning centers, you need those.:)

    Good luck with the test and all of the in-service!
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  9. Katherine

    Wow! That’s definitely a change. Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you. I like the kindergarten age when I used to sub but it definitely takes a lot of patience and a good sense of humor. Best of luck and have a great week!
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  10. Lola

    Gah I just commented, but it didn’t post for some reason. That must have been a big change to suddenly hear you are teaching kindergarten. It’s weird that school messed that up, but it sounds like a great school otherwise. And that’s annoying you have to take more tests, good luck with them! I hope you get everything sorted soon. I am sure you’ll do great!
    Have a great week!
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  11. Red Iza

    Forget answering coms and visiting, your job is what’s important and we understand it perfectly 🙂 And hey, you’re clever, driven and I *know* you can and will make it ! It’s quite a change, however, I’m surprised your principal let that happen but I guess you never know. Go on, have fun with your friend and learn as much as you, we’re rooting for you !
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  12. Deborah

    Oh! How frustrating on the teaching front. Do you think you’ll like teaching Kindergarten? I think I’d actually prefer it to older kids but not sure that would be the case for others and I guess there’s a very specific skill involved.

    Good luck the the prep and test!

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    • Berls

      Thanks so much Kimba, I appreciate that. It’s overwhelming but I’m trying to stay positive. I mean kindergarteners are adorable and I won’t have to worry about state tests. I just wish I felt like I knew what I was doing! Hopefully you’re right and I’ll make it 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks Jonetta! I know, huge change and I’m still wrapping my head around it. On the plus side I don’t have to worry about state exams now!

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