Today was my fifth first day as a teacher. It's kind of crazy to think that I've been teaching for 5 years already. To some it's not a lot, but to others it is. To me I just think "where have the years gone?" What better way than to link up with The ESOL Odyssey and share my First Year Flashback!
I co-taught 7th grade math with 2 awesome teachers. I was the Special Education teacher, so I got to accommodate the lessons and tests. We actually switched back and forth between teaching when a new topic came up, so it was great! Loved my first team! Go Tiger Team!
What was your first classroom like?
It was smaller, but only because I only pulled students out for testing, their study halls, and small group lessons or reteaching.
Were you give supplies or materials?
The building had just gotten finished being remodeled, so everything was new and beautifully untouched. The teachers I worked with had SmartBoards in their rooms, and I did end up getting a "mobile" one closer to the end of the year. As far as supplies, I bought a lot of stuff. That was probably only because I was so excited to have my first teaching job, that I stocked up on those sweet Staples penny deals.
What was the hardest part of your first year teaching?
My first year of teaching was spent away from everyone and everything I ever knew. I actually loved where I lived, my roommate was awesome and my school was just off the wall amazing! It just really stunk being so far away from my husband (then-boyfriend turned fiance) and my family... even though Texas is a whole heck of a lot farther away from my parents than Virginia is!
What was the best part of your first year teaching?
Honestly?! Absolutely everything! I have nothing bad to say about that school, the district or the people that I worked with. I was extremely blessed and still consider it to be the best school I've ever worked for (although my current school is giving them a good run for the money :) ). My kids were awesome, my team was great... did I mention that I loved that school and being a teacher at that school? At any point in the last 3 years of my teaching career, if you'd have asked me to move back to Virginia and teach at that school... I would have gone, no questions asked. For now I'm content in my current school... it feels so good to feel appreciated as an educator again! :)
What do you know now that you wish you'd have known your first year?
One thing I wish I would have done is actually kept a book or started a book of the funny things kids say. I promise you, if you don't do this... you'll regret it. I sure do! There are a few conversations I remember here and there, but man, kids sure do say the darndest things! Oh yeah, and not to give up a good teaching job when you have it. I had good reason (getting married), but I still do and always will compare every other school I work at to my first school. Thank goodness for Facebook to keep me in contact with a few of my close teacher friends from that school.