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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.
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.
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!
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
- [25 Sep] Sunday Post | Pissy Week
- [26 Sep] What I’m Reading September 26, 2016
- [27 Sep] Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR #TTT
- [28 Sep] Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill ★★★½
- [29 Sep] Can you stop anywhere?
- [30 Sep] Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3
- [30 Sep] The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper ★★★★★
- [30 Sep] Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper ★★★½
- [30 Sep] Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper ★★★★
- [1 Oct] Get Even by Gretchen McNeil ★★★
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | Teacher of the Month
It’s Monday, What are you reading?
Top Ten Tuesday
Sugar Daddy review
What Unimportant elements draw you to a book?
Spiders Revenge review
My TBR List | October 2016 Results
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