“I’m Exhausted and the Year Hasn’t Even Started!” Thursday September 1, 2016

I didn’t sleep last night. After the day I had yesterday I could not stop thinking about what I’m going to do with my students next week. NEXT WEEK! I was told the first week is just procedures and we shouldn’t do any instruction. That all sounds good, but what the fuck does that look like?!

I just realized that I started student teaching in the second half of the year. I didn’t get to see what the first week of school even looks like. I’m freaking out!

I’m thinking back to grade school! I remember doing a lot of ice breakers. I guess that’s what I’ll do.

tumblr_mxqjudzcdK1s6n43zo1_500Today’s meetings were even more cryptic than yesterday’s meetings. Today they talked about AYP and achievement gaps and some bullshit. I have no idea. I wasn’t paying any attention. I was trying to plan out my first week of school.

Also, Connie told me to turn in my lesson plans by Thursday for the next week. Everyone was turning in their lessons. She said this week not to worry about, but for sure next week. I didn’t even realize that I had to write out my plans. Betty (the younger second grade teacher) gave me her template. It’s basically a blank schedule and she said just to write in what you’re doing for each block of time. I’ve been working on my lesson plans all afternoon and evening and I’m only up to Thursday for next week and there’s not even any school on Monday!

And my lesson plans don’t even make any sense. Most of them are vague thoughts like “Play a game to help children learn each others names.” Don’t know what game that is.

I guess on the first week of school I’ll just play head’s up 7-up and watch movies every day. The kids’ll love me!

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