Is anyone else thinking seriously of changing their name because theirs is SO TIRED OUT from being called out one billion times a day?!? "Miss Teacher! Miss Teacher! Miss Teacher!" Seriously, kids, before you shout out my name, please for the love of god try to solve the problem yourself. Because 9 times out of 10, when you shout out, "Miss Teacher! I didn't get a handout!" it's right there at your desk. EXHAUSTING.
Also, why is it that the copier is ALWAYS out of staples whenever I am running a million packets of things? I was copying my literacy handout packets yesterday (Thursday = copy day...hooray...) plus a reading guide, a response journal, and an interact guide for our new social studies unit. We are starting a Westward Expansion Interact that is completely outside of the social studies series, and I am having the students do a lot of cool simulations and responses. But I like everything neatly stapled together...and there were no staples in the copier. Cut to me stapeling about 100 different things together...EXHAUSTING.
Are the routines in anyone else's room UNRAVELING a bit? Our Daily 3 (read more about it here) literacy block structure used to run like a well-oiled machine. It's not BAD now or even falling apart...but some things need to be improved. For example, when I take the "status of the class" before a rotation (call everyone's name so they can tell me what they're choosing for the rotation, and record it on my checklist), I am so sick of kids WHISPERING their choice. I CANNOT HEAR YOU! Seriously, I know these kids can speak up! Come. on. EXHAUSTING.
I am fully of the belief though that when it comes to management, I set the tone in the room. More often than not when we have an off day it is because I am off, and I try to own that. So today and yesterday I put a "hold" on guided reading and just focused on reteaching/practicing the Daily 3 routine. We made a new chart of things to work on, reviewed it, and talked about things that went well/things to improve after every rotation.
Our regular Daily 3 anchor charts...
Things we really need to work on fixing in Daily 3...
This helps SO MUCH, not only in Daily 3 but in any area where the kids are struggling with routines. It is the most important thing I learned from my first year teaching. Things are never too bad to be fixed in the classroom--pausing learning and taking time to reteach is so beneficial in the long run. It may be what gets us to June!
Since I am feeling just a bit burned out lately, I decided to do something fun and organize another cabinet. :) Okay, it was fun for me. Soothing really. Don't make fun.
My beautifully organized science and social studies cabinet! Don't worry, I totally showed this off to multiple other teachers. I am always grateful when people feign excitement over this type of thing for my benefit. ;)
Teachers, what is exhausting YOU these past few weeks??