Miss Bennett in the Bay

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Aug 09 2009

Lessons Learned

Switching to my new school is like being a first year teacher all over again. We’ve only been in professional development for a week, and I’m already overwhelmed with all of the assessments to write, plans to make, and just plain thinking that I have to do to be ready for my students at the end of the month. Don’t get me wrong- I am very excited to do all of this work- I’m just saying it’s a lot.

Honestly, I don’t know why I thought this would be easy. Maybe I disillusioned myself into thinking that since I have a whopping 2 years of teaching experience that somehow the third year would get better.

Instead, what I’ve learned is that teaching is just a really hard job, regardless of how much experience you have. All of the teachers at my school are working just as hard as I am, with just as much to do as I have, regardless of experience. The beginning of the school year is always going to be insane. Plans to write, classrooms to set up, millions of things to buy, and a to-do list that cannot possibly be completed in one measly little weekend.

Maybe it’s just that the first week back to work after a nice, long summer break is when we all have that little voice inside us that says, “Why am I doing this again?” But when our babies come to us and we have to teach them, that’s when we remember.

We do this because we love it. Because if we don’t, who will? Because our students deserve the best from us, all the time. If we’re not willing to give that to them, then we really should consider another profession. That’s what I’ve learned so far in my professional development.

One Response

  1. Miss Bennett:

    I relate to a lot of what you said about teaching always being hard, no matter how many years of experience you have. I met a fifth teacher in my first year who said it was easy after a few years. I told him that he must not be doing a very good job if he thought it was easy.

    Good luck!

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