Sunday Post | Teacher of the Month

October 2, 2016 Sunday Post 23

Sunday Post

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News at Home: Teacher of the Month!

That’s right y’all! I found out on Friday that I’m teacher of the month for my school. I knew things were going well, but I didn’t see this coming. To make clear just how shocked I was, I have to tell you the story of how it was announced. This will involve bragging on myself a bit, but I feel like y’all have supported me so much this past year (the year of hell!) that you deserve the praise and excitement too!

We had a faculty meeting and at the end, the principal said it was time to award our first teacher of the month. She explained that the way they pick the teacher is by paying attention to which teachers they keep hearing good things about. “Well,” she said (obviously not an exact quote but close), “we’ve had numerous comments from other teachers and parents about this teacher. Teachers who teach on the opposite side of the school, but are so impressed by the behavior she holds her students to in the hallway, that they’ve come to us to comment on it. Parents of her students are thrilled by her communication and dedication, but what’s remarkable is that parents who have no dealings with her have observed her with her students and have told us how impressed they are. One parent told us that she watched her greet every student in the morning, shaking their hand and saying good morning and she was so impressed that such an important lesson was being taught. Another reported that she just radiates love for her students, that even when they saw her dealing with a student that was misbehaving, they didn’t see frustration or anger, but a determination that they would and could learn to behave.”

Ok y’all, at this point I was thinking geez, I wonder if I know this teacher, I want to go learn from her! It hadn’t entered my mind they were talking about me. Especially with that last bit, because when a student is misbehaving, especially in the hallway for all to see, I get extremely frustrated. Yes, I try to stay calm because I know getting worked up makes it worse, but geez I’m frustrated!

Anyway the principal continued by explaining that once they have some teachers on their radar, they make classroom visits to observe them in action. Because the teacher of the month is more than a popularity contest, it’s good teaching.

“Y’all” she continued, “I was so impressed by what I saw. This teacher had 100% of her class engaged – and she has some difficult behaviors!! They were all sitting at the carpet eyes glued to her. When I walked in, a couple turned their heads, and she said ‘eyes on me’ and they all immediately turned back to her and I was forgotten. That’s a feat in itself, with her grade level. I watched a lesson where the kids practiced every phonological skill they need, practiced their sight words, and danced their alphabet sounds. Every learning style was met in the 15 minutes I was there. It was high energy and not a minute of wasted instructional time. Routines and procedures were so clearly in place, that she didn’t lose a moment to confusion or disorder.”

Yeah, I was so looking around the room to see if I could tell who it was. I thought their face might show recognition of the lesson they’d taught. And I wanted to go observe this teacher! Pfft!

And then she said, “what makes this all more impressive is that this isn’t the classroom of a veteran teacher, but a newbie.” My eyes swiveled to the one first year teacher at our school. Wow, I thought, my first year – especially at this point – was a disaster.

“so congratulations to second year teacher, (my name). ”

Y’all, I shit you not, I said “what the fuck! Thank goodness I said it so softly that only the teachers at my table heard – and they’re my team so I feel OK that they heard… They’re cussers too. And they all chuckled. But I did not suspect it was me. Certainly didn’t sound a thing like me, to me.

So yeah, I had an amazing end to the week. The only negative is that now, the pressure is on. Her boss, our director, was at the school and she introduced me to him and gave him the same speech. Despite my darkish complexion, I’m sure I was beet red.

The thing is, she caught me at literally the best part of my day. If she’d been there 15 minutes earlier or later, it wouldn’t have been as smooth. And I tried to express that, saying, “you caught us at one of our best moments. I still have a lot to learn.” she responded by telling him, “and see, she’s so humble and teachable!” *sigh* #backfired

He now plans to visit my classroom and potentially bring other teachers to observe. So yes, awesome praise, but holy shit I’m freaking out and nervous.

Honestly I’m sure other shit happened this week but I totally forgot after that.

Blog News

Grr! WordPress hates me right now. Jetpack disappeared – I have no idea when, but it’s gone. And I can’t reload it because somehow it still looks like the folders are there even though when I do a search I cant find them. And I used jetpack to manage my email subscriptions, so all those people aren’t getting my posts. Grrr!

And Akismet thinks bloggers are spammers but seems absolutely fucking fine with spammers posting to my blog. Seriously, wtf?!

On the positive, Blog Ahead is officially started and I just have to start writing posts. I’m started with 0 and I’m hoping to get to 30. Yesterday I got my calendar for October and November set, so I have a chance in hell of pulling this off. Now to get to writing.

#FitReaders Update

I didn’t get any blogging done yesterday because I was gone all day. I had a 5k walk – it wasn’t timed or anything, but it was good fun and the first one Buffy could come along!

Buffy and I ready to get our walk on!

Buffy and I ready to get our walk on!

It was for a great cause – Suicide awareness and prevention. It’s a cause that’s near to me, as I’ve had several lived ones attempt suicide over the years.

In fact, y’all – I was supposed to fundraise for this and I sucked so bad that I haven’t earned a penny. If you have any ability to donate even $5 I would so appreciate it. I feel like I failed the cause by coming up with nothing. I donated at the event with purchases, but that’s not the same.

Here’s the link if you can contribute! Thanks in advance!

I also made it to the gym 2x this week! I did a body conditioning class and a zumba class. I have some meetins next week, but I hope I can make it again and more times!

Last Week on the Blog

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Spiders Revenge review


My TBR List | October 2016 Results

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

23 Responses to “Sunday Post | Teacher of the Month”

  1. Lola

    Congrats on getting nominated teacher of the month! And that story of how you found out is priceless with you wondering if you knew where and could learn from her, lol. That’s awesome you got that praise, although I can imagine it ups the pressure a bit. But still for your second year of teaching it must be great to get such positive feedback and I am sure you deserve it!

    Do you have a security plugin installed to double check if there is something wrong? maybe remove and re-install jetpack? It sure sounds fishy it suddenly disappeared like that. And akismet has some weird days sometimes. I hope you’re having a great week!
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  2. A Voracious Reader

    Holy shit! *grabs tissue, dabs eyes, honks nose* I’m crying for you! Good tears, I assure you! I’m so so proud of you! Now, don’t let the pressure get to you. Just keep going on like you have been. You’ve obviously hit on a style that works with your kiddos, so don’t let having others around derail all that you’ve lived, learned and survived. You’ve totally got this. *fist bump*
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    • Berls

      *fist bump* I’ll try not to. I had another observation yesterday and I was teaching on the fly because the kids were supposed to have recess, but I took it away when they got a bad report from music. I think it went okay. :/ thanks for all the posivibes you’ve sent my way, I know they made a difference 🙂

  3. Jen Twimom

    OMG OMG OMG!!! I am SOOOOOOOO proud of you! I totally teared up reading your account of earning Teacher of the Month. You’ve had such a long journey – I’m so glad to hear that you are finally being recognized for your hard work and dedication! You are an amazing woman! Well deserved.

    As for Jetpack – I’ve been dealing with a problem with them for a month. WTF? It’s not just you. In my case, Jetpack is still there, but when a post that I prescheduled publishes, the Subscription (emails) and Publicize (social media) aspects don’t work. At all. Now, if I direct publish something, no problems. I’ve been working with my server and Jetpack for a month now. I’m so tired of it.

    Finally… great work on the walk and getting up and moving again! You can do it!
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    • Berls

      Thank you Jen! It was surreal – I didn’t expect anything like that, at least not until I’d been teaching much longer.

      Jetpack. Grr! I haven’t had time to do anything about it, besides recognizing I have a problem. If I ignore it will it magically fix itself? LOL!

      It feels so good to be back to the gym and doing 5ks! Hoping to keep it up 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m not surprised one bit but I’m THRILLED you were awarded Teacher of the Month! That’s fantastic and well-deserved, I know. You ooze enthusiasm for your job, Berls. I’ve not even seen you teach but I know you’re a stellar teacher and that you’re where you’re meant to be!! So CONGRATS!!!
    Also congrats on the 5K. I’ll hit the link and donate for you. 🙂 Sky ran a 5K on Saturday as well, raising money for the elementary that’s near Reed. She was proud of herself – she ran it in 29:10. 🙂
    I’m glad you had such a great week! Hope the upcoming week is wonderful as well. {{{hugs}}}
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    • Berls

      Wow Sky! To be young and fit! I did mine in 47 minutes and quite proud lol! Thank you so much, that means a lot 🙂 I think I just see all the ways I need to improve, though I know I’m having a much better year. I love my job, though, so it’s cool that they like me a bit too haha! Hope you have a great week! *Hugs*

  5. Stormi Johnson

    That is so awesome!! I am so excited for you because of all that you had to deal with last year and not even sure if you wanted to keep doing it and now you’re at a great school and teacher of the month! *hugs*

    Hope you get your wordpress figured out, I know that has to be frustrating!

    Have a great week!
    Stormi ox
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    • Berls

      Thanks Stormi! It is such a turnaround from last year, I can’t even believe it! I love my job and have no problem going to work every day. Hugs!! Have a great week!

  6. La La in the Library

    Yay for Teacher Of the Month! Congratulations! It is wonderful to have your hard work noticed, especially as a teacher. I guess a lot of bloggers have been having problems with WP and Akismet lately. I hope things right themselves around for all of you. I am used to things being buggered up on Blogger all the time. Ha ha. Have a fabulous week. 🙂

    • Berls

      Haha yeah that is the fun of blogger. I’m getting so frustrated because i don’t have time to figure it out – I have just enough time to blog…sort of. Barely. Lol. Have a great week and thanks!!!

  7. Kathy @ My Nook, Books and More

    Congratulations on your award! I bet it feels good to be recognized for your hard work. I remember hearing how hard your first year was so it is nice to hear your second year is better. I’m sure you’ll do great with the surprise visits from the Director. That’s a great cause for your walk. You had a great week and I hope this week is great too.
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    • Berls

      It’s amazing how different this year is. It sure makes all the hard work feel worth while! I hope you have a great week too!

  8. Greg

    Hey congratulations on teacher of the month! Go you!!! After all the early on that has to feel good. I’m so glad they recognized you. And sorry to hear about the WordPress issues. Seems like so many people are having trouble right now with this or that- website issues suck.

    Hope you have a great week!
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    • Berls

      It does, thanks Greg 🙂 I can’t get over how different this year is shaping up to be. Website issues bite.. I don’t really have enough time to keep up with the blog, let alone deal with issues!

  9. Kathryn Trask

    Congrats on being teacher of the month, so wonderful. And no teacher ever has a perfect x no of hours in a classroom, however sounds like you have set down great routines and have the room buzzing most of the time. Yes and I understand the pressure that brings, because honestly, you can do without that director and his hangers on visiting your classroom and disrupting. I’ve heard of other WordPress users complaining about their comments disappearing.
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  10. Terri M.

    Berls, you have come so far! I am so proud of you, girlfriend! I was tearing up reading your post and thinking of all your horror stories from last year. You deserve every minute of that praise and more. Keep up the good work!

    Are you are of Ashley’s (Nosegraze’s) #GirlsOnWP FB group? If not, you should be. Maybe somone on there knows the solution to your WP woes.
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  11. Lark

    CONGRATULATIONS! Woo-hooo! See, I knew that’s the kind of teacher you would be when you got the right support and hit your stride. I’m so proud of you and happy for you! Seriously, Berls, your dedication and caring show when you write about your experiences in teaching. And of course you get frustrated, and of course you don’t feel like you’re always doing it right. That’s the nature of working with children. But you are doing a good job, and it’s wonderful that parents and colleagues are noticing how much care and effort you put into those children and into what you do. So sure, you’ll keep learning — even 10- and 20-year veterans can still learn something from each new class. But you’ve learned a lot of valuable skills already, and you have the most essential ingredient for a good teacher — heart. And now you’re in a place where you’re getting support, encouragement, and recognition. I’m really, really pleased for you!

    On a more prosaic note, good luck with Blog Ahead! I hope we both do well. 🙂
    Lark recently posted…Sunday Post – 10/02/16My Profile

  12. Michelle @ Because Reading

    OMG did you say “if she was there 15 minutes later it would have been a mess”?!?!?! Are you serious! You are starting to sound like me not wanting to take compliments. You should pat yourself on the back and know you are an amazing teacher because it was said by so many and they didn’t HAVE to say that. Don’t let those 15 minutes dictate your entire day. I will come to Texas and KICK YOUR ASS! 😉 <3

    That is a really great cause to walk for! Buffy looks like she is having a great time! 🙂

    My host guy is looking into the spam for me, so I will let you know what he says. Found another in there this morning. It's getting on my nerves.

    Have an amazing week my friend! Happy Reading! MISS YOU!!! <3 ox
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