Anyone who's been reading my blog since 2009 knows that the first year was gruesome to say the least. And I have to say that one of the worst things was the nagging sense that I was just lost. See, I'd been told I was born to teach--and I believed it! And here I was, TANKING. Literally going down in flames.
This year was, among other things, a fresh start, and a much needed one at that. And this afternoon as I cleaned up my room, I had this overwhelming realization--I feel like myself again. I expected coming back from winter break to be rough, but it's actually been wonderful. The kind email from my principal Wednesday definitely contributed to this feeling of purpose. And today I got another kind little affirmation:
Mrs. Literacy Specialist aka soul sister teacher called me after school to tell me a happy story from her meeting with the other grade level literacy support teachers. She said that a few that are new in the building this year asked her how many years I have been teaching, and they, "almost fell out of their chairs" when she said I am in my second year. Turns out they are very impressed by my literacy teaching, well-organized classroom, and the fact that my students "always know exactly what to do." I almost fell out of MY chair when I heard that!!!!! All the things that were a train wreck last year and that I have been working SO HARD to improve this year...turns out they are not only paying off, but that others have noticed. Again, it's so rare to get validation in teaching...it literally brought tears to my eyes to hear this.
After that phone call, I left school in a completely blissful mood. I got my papers organized for next week, copies & transparencies made, this week's papers filed, board cleaned, even schedule for Monday on the board.
And don't judge me, but the ONLY thing I wanted to do tonight (besides laying under a blanket, but that goes without saying) was go to Trader Joe's. My big Friday night, and I couldn't have been happier. :) Yum!