Wow, I cannot believe it is already the day before Thanksgiving! I wrote my very first post around this time about the true meaning of the holiday and how to teach it in schools – I only have 45 more days until January 8 when I started the #blogaday 😮 This year is going by so fast and I am thrilled that I got to annotate it through my blog. The holidays will feel a bit different this year though because I don’t really get a break due to my job (just the actual holidays and sometimes, a few days after). I’ll have to get in the spirit through the children at work and on the weekends with family and friends when the festivities get going 🙂
This weekend, my roommate and bestie from college came up to hang out and relax 🙂 It is really nice having her here to laugh and bond about all the silly things we did when we lived together. I am very glad that she ended up being able to make it! I love that I am not too far away for a visit and it’s a great break right before the holidays.
Today, I am in Eugene for a layover at friend’s house and it really hit me that this town is now just in passing. I spent five years of my life here for school, but now I don’t have a reason to be here. I will be visiting my boyfriend and friends occasionally – it was very odd driving past the school and in the town because it is no longer my home. I have a new place to make my mark at work and with friends. Time flies too fast!
I like the idea of encouraging compliments from students! Also the actual seeing of the chain grow will help students know how close they are – at first, it may be like a chore for them to get to the bottom. But eventually, they should just want to say them (it will become routine to be nice!) This is a great thing for my Pre-K students because they are still learning the importance of what they say and making friends.
Now that it is coming to the end of the term, I am able to relax more when I am at home – the teachers are giving us in-class time to work on final assignments for this week. I have one big paper that I’ll start working on this weekend BUT I am mainly catching up on shows and starting a new mystery book 🙂 It’s very nice to have this time before I start work in August! It will be tougher to have free time, alone or with family and friends.
I knew it was important to have a group of teachers who are your friends, but keeping in touch with them all once you leave graduate school is even more important. Facebook will make it simpler to see how everyone is doing with their first year teaching, and texting/calling will help too! I am fortunate to have a good group of gals as my friends – and we can laugh, cry, share about normal lives as well as things only teachers understand. We still have about two weeks to hang out on a nearby basis, so we are all soaking in the time now 🙂
Make you sure to take advantage of your friends on the 3-day weekends given 🙂 I went to a birthday BBQ party last night to start off the weekend right, and tonight I am enjoying my time outdoors by the pool and going out with a friend later. It is important to keep busy, so you can continue to grow bonds with people in your life. Many of us starting thinking about the fact that there are only a few more weeks before people disperse to their own jobs…we need to stay close while we can, and this 3-day weekend is a big help!
Tonight made me realize the importance of having a support group of friends! It was very fun to gossip and laugh about our teaching experiences 🙂 In one of our classes, the professor discussed the importance of sharing stories – I definitely agree after tonight. Other people, not in teaching, try to understand what we are going through but don’t really relate. Since this is our last term in the graduate school program, I want to make sure we all see each other as much as possible!
This poster seems like a great idea! At the interviews I have recently been to, there were various questions about conflict resolution, and breaking down “what friends do” in a visual way will help students be able to fix their issues without teacher assistance. Having something to refer to when fighting occurs lets children be accountable for their actions, and know when they are not being a good friend.
Entering a group text message
“Hey! It’s good to hear your voice! How have you been?”
“How is graduate school?”
“What’s work like?”
“I’ve been so busy!”
I recently decided to text my best friends from high school – we usually see each other every Winter holiday season due to the break from school. This year, it didn’t work out because they are all out of school and working in various careers that only gave a couple days off for Christmas. Missing December 24-26 was out of the question because it is such a family affair WHICH I LOVE. I have been talking to my friends briefly here and there, but it is nice to catch up with them (even if it isn’t an hour long lunch of us all sharing stories!) There is something about chatting that brings us back to high school days and gushing over the newest drama. Even though it has only been five years since then, it feels like a long time has passed. We are getting jobs or already have jobs, working all day with school or clients, and dressing professionally more than not. Seeing them succeeding brilliantly at “real” adult life helps calm me down for the full-time teaching term to come, and starting job interviews. It reassures me that it can be done because the girls I matured with and who were my anchor in college sound very excited by their jobs and are living happy lives. My friends in graduate school and from college help with the every day worries and freakouts that arise as well 🙂 It is important to use your friends, not to vent, but to listen to their adventures. It definitely helps when I can imagine what’s going on with them and tell them the exciting parts of my life.