Thursday, March 29, 2012

Success....

So it's been a rough first year of teaching. I realize I am still over a month from the end of the school year, but it's been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long since I've blogged. As terrible as some moments were for me, I'd rather reflect on the good things about my experiences. Note: No names will be included, because obviously that could be a liability.

I was the crazy lady who allowed a kid to change her battery. Hey I couldn't life the thing, since it didn't have a handle anyway. I was also the moron who left her right inside reading light on all weekend.
-Why is this a good moment? It's good to know I have kids that I can trust with that sort of thing.

Sweet kids in my classes who make me sane, because they actually respect me and care about their grades.
-Why is this a good moment? It's nice to know I'm not really the worst teacher in the world.

Passing KTIP. Even if it was by the skin of my teeth, it is better than the alternative.
-Why is this a good moment? Because even though I know I have a lot to work on, I am proud of how much I've grown.

Making amazing friends both within and outside of school.
-Why is this a good thing? Well you know, I'd be jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo rally without them.

Giving a student something she needed, and her being sweet enough to give me something back.
-Why is this a good moment? It's so good to see kids who are kind. Not that a "Thank you, very much." wouldn't have sufficed.

Watching a kid literally jump up and down because he made a 91 on my test.
-Why is this a good thing? Well I love to see my children be successful. Makes me feel like a proud mother hen.

Realizing that even if I don't have a job at Hoptown next year, I was still successful at getting better as a teacher. I learned a lot from my kids and co-workers. I think it's pretty obvious why that's a good thing.

So how does one measure success? I believe I have been successful this year. Adios amigos!