Yesterday, it HIT me.
I have been:
- getting up every morning at 7 am to head to the school
- staying until 4 or 5 pm to plan
- teaching most of the day
Then, it HIT me.
This is what real teaching will be like 🙂 I am already exhausted after a week and a half! I enjoy every minute of the day with the students, so don’t regret choosing this profession.
But, it HIT me.
How tired I am going to be from putting all my effort and energy into my students. How I am going to be a zombie after the long day at school. How I am practically being an adult with a job now.
it HIT me.
Through attending staff meetings, I discovered that I already have a lot of the “necessary” teacher qualities. I am very organized with my schedule and things to the point of almost OCD. I color-coordinate my agenda book so every subject and activity has a different color ha! I always collected journals with ideas and stories in them, had markers in my desks, and received stamp sets for birthdays. I hoard some things from my childhood, which will help me get used to saving materials from past teaching years. I didn’t think about teaching when I was little – I wanted to be a veterinarian or an astronaut, but the science level was far too difficult. These tendencies are just part of who I am and my intuition. Teachers need to be passionate about what they do, and their brains are trained to be teachers in every setting. They think about activities as they walk down the street, and hopefully, are organized and work ahead with their daily checklists. The students are dependable on the teacher for learning and if he/she is not trying their best, the children will be able to tell and not want to put the effort in either. It is important to be up front with students about your life outside of school, so they feel comfortable in your classroom and with their own lives.