It’s a strange feeling when you realise that you’ve over half-way through the first term of the year.
For me, I start panicking about what I’ve taught (or not taught) and what I’ve got to fit in before the start of second term because report-writing is now officially around the corner, and honestly it’s completely exhausting.
Schools are intensely busy places – we’re forever fitting in special events, guest speakers, updated timetables, buddy activities, curriculum and just about anything else you can think of. It requires a certain amount of flexibility and I know that I am (currently) a much more relaxed teacher when it comes to accomodating these, often last minute, changes.
I wasn’t always, though, and it’s something that takes time, patience -and possible a few tears every now and then – to understand that leadership is actually very understanding of the interruptions and that if something slips, the world won’t end. It’s often OURSELVES who are the ones putting pressure on our own selves when everyone else is willing to give us a break.
As such, it’s obviously been a completely nutty term for me, hence my absence in posting. So many things have been happening:
- Starting back in a classroom
- Parent information nights
- Leading the Literacy team
- Leading the Graduate Liaison Program at my school
- Expanding the Graduate Liaison Program (with a colleague) to incorporate graduates from local schools
- Swimming lessons
- House Athletics Carnival
- And… oh, yeah, teaching!
I haven’t had a chance to create more video content for my teaching youtube channel because I just haven’t had the time, and I’ve come to terms with it. (Mostly. It’s hard when you want to do a good job at something and yet find it difficult to actually find the time.) That said, it’s still on the agenda.
The most important thing is that my class is fantastic and they’re doing so much work and doing it so well. They’re an awesome bunch of little learners and I’m so lucky to do what I do, and be surrounding by such great kids, and colleagues.
Now it’s only a few short weeks (filled with public holidays, professional development days, professional learning days and planning days – go figure!) until the end of the first time and I’m exhausted, but loving my job.
How are YOU doing? What’s been happening in your classroom this term?