I wasn't surprised when I came back from my end of the year meeting with my principal, and found my students, as per usual, had gone wild in my absence. My few troublemakers never miss an opportunity to, you know, make trouble the second I'm out of the classroom. Still, I was surprised to find the teacher who had been covering me so upset and emotional.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Posted by ruben_b at 8:09 PM
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A strange realization occurred to me the other day, walking around my neighborhood on a sunny weekend afternoon. Almost every night since I started teaching, when I went to bed my mind was racing. I would fret or fixate over a student with behavior problems or a student struggling to read. I would replay the events of the day, or anticipate the next day's lessons anxiously in detail.
Posted by ruben_b at 6:08 PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Today my class started literature circles. It's something I've always wanted to try, but haven't until now. In my first two years, it was a mix of fear of letting go of so much control and in the last two years, it just felt like there was never enough time. Luckily, the last days of school provide the perfect freedom for experimentation.
Posted by ruben_b at 7:12 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
With our school days down to that nice round number 10, it can be difficult to focus on anything other than the light at the end of the tunnel that represents summer vacation. While the students are definitely antsy, I don't think they fully grasp how soon the year will be ending. We teachers don't have that luxury. So in the meantime, I'm fighting two very conflicting and equally strong impulses - throw my hands up and kill time or pack in as much as I can into two weeks.
Posted by ruben_b at 6:03 PM
Monday, June 13, 2011
My first year of teaching was a constant struggle. Classroom management was my biggest problem, but I struggled with many of the other fundamentals of teaching. While I often look back at that first year as a personal failure, I know that I ended the year a much more effective teacher than I began. This was due in part to constant self-reflection and assessment, but I owe most of my improvement to my mentor, my instructional coach from my masters program, and working with an AUSSIE literacy coach.
Posted by ruben_b at 7:08 PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Is it really June already? It seems almost impossible to believe. The school year always has its ebbs and flows, its points where you can't see an end in sight and points where it seems the year is flying by. In mid-June, it feels like a little bit of both.
Posted by ruben_b at 8:34 PM