This time last year I was anxiously awaiting for the beginning of my first year teaching middle school math. I was excited to finally get to teach but terrified at the same time because I knew there would be such a steep learning curve and I didn't know how to cope or prepare for its arrival. I worked at the same school the previous year as a math tutor, but I didn't realize how woefully unprepared and inadequate I would be as a first year teacher.
I had many areas of success, as many or more failures. But I loved it, and that meant a lot to me. I'm not satisfied with where I'm at, I'm constantly looking for ways to change,, do better and grow.
Before summer break I attended a summer splash session with Cms and it featured Todd Nesloney, @techninjatodd . His talk got me so pumped for this coming year. Since then I have connected with him and numerous other educators around our nation that encourage and inspire me with their work and their willingness to share. Sometimes you can't even find that in your own building. And it's shameful, because we all are working to serve those kids.
It's early July, I took all of June off, so I have begun preparing my plans, projects and management ideas. This year I am pumped and excited without the anxiety, and blessed to have the privilege of teaching these kids!
They deserve it!