At the beginning of the year, I make my daily schedule implementing all of our district initiatives and how much time I have to teach things like Word Study, Shared Reading, Shared Writing, Read Aloud/Comprehension Strategies, etc....the schedule always looks nice on paper. In reality, it is like Noah building the ark in 7 hours. It is NOT realistic when it comes to teaching little ones with short attention spans, bathroom breaks, transitions, the "questions" that are really stories about a little one and his momma, dog, or catastrophic injury.
I visit other blogs in ALL of my spare time and feel about this big !!!! I stink as a teacher is how I often feel at the end of the day. We have some great days too! Visits from Chester, Squawkers the Parrot, Eagle Eyes, Pete the Cat and in the next few days Lips the Fish, Stretchy Snake, Cranky Crab, and a very special alligator. There are fabulous lessons that go along with all of these.
But meeting after meeting leave me feeling overwhelmed with too much information about everything I have to do. We have been doing RtI at my campus for 3 years. It is nothing new. The interventions are things that I already have made and DO so that is a HUGE help. I am even blessed to have a wonderful person who comes into my room everyday to help me with my interventions.
But here is the NEWSFLASH every teacher is trying to broadcast:
We are NOT magicians!
We offer and provide all of these interventions which are kiddos need but then it seems we still have to give every child the same assessments and hold them to the same standards.
Plus, for so many of our little ones, we are the place where they might be getting the only love and attention of the day.
It is so easy to get overwhelmed by our "to-do" list. The curriculum and standards seem to be the only focus.
I need to remember that I am not teaching just standards and a curriculum but 17 little kiddos that God has placed in my room for a reason.
I also pray that I remember this poem each day.
I will be back very soon to share the give away winners. =)
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Do you feel frustrated too at times with EVERYTHING teachers have to do???
From My Heart to Yours,