We've all seen that graph. You know, the one that tells us about the roller coaster first year of teaching. I'll admit, I read (okay, skimmed) a couple of articles all about my imminent disillusionment phase before I started. It all sounded fine and dandy with the scientific and professional jargon, but let me break this thing down for us and tell you what it's really like.
May: "WOO HOO! I graduated! I'm going to change the world" (after this summer of CONSTANT FUN of course).
|Am I the only one that this happened to? Don't worry, my friends took care of me and yelled out my name correctly. :)|
|No, no I AM going to change the world.|
Thanksgiving Break: THE REVIVAL - Something about that turkey and stuffing gives a burst of delightful rejuvenation.
Post Thanksgiving: "Okay, I'm doing alright. I haven't lost or seriously injured any children yet (hopefully). I can make it through the next few weeks! It'll be great, I've got fantastic ideas for engaging my kids until break!"
Winter Break: It's a miracle, we made it! 2 weeks of pure, relaxing bliss!
Week 1: "I'm not even going to think about school. I'm just so happy to be home relaxing. I'm going to sit on my couch and eat and drink and watch Ellen all day."
Week 2: Lesson plans, grades, Pinterest ideas. Schoooool is coming!
|Only, this was a conversation that happened in my mind.|
|If he says it's okay, then it's okay.|
June: *Collective sigh* I made it. No students were seriously injured, lost, or harmed. We all made it through the year! If you're like me, you may even shed a few tears at the little stinkers leaving.
There you have it. The reality of teaching. If we're lucky, we get to start over again in a couple of months.