I cannot believe my first full year of teaching is done! It feels like yesterday that I moved to a new state and started new teacher orientation – BUT that was last August..!
Time flies when you are constantly planning and each day is a whirlwind of grading and student interactions. The past few weeks were the most intense out of the entire school year..BY FAR. I was at school until 7 pm for an entire week 😮 We had an open house night for the parents, and there was so much that needed to be put up on the bulletin boards and walls. AND I helped my coteacher grade essays over the weekend (spent 5 hours at her house and graded almost half of them). This last week was only until Wednesday, which was a much needed break. But I went to bed early or was consistently tired each of those three days.
Enough complaining about the exhaustion ha!
I loved the Grade 5 Team of teachers as well as the students – we did lots of yearbook signings and parting gifts. It really brought back all the fun times and memories with the students. One thing that being always on recess/lunch duty helps is my relationship with the children. We have many silly moments from outside the classroom that as a lead teacher I would not be getting (because they are less involved during playtime). I am very glad to have a few months off, but will miss the routine of seeing the smiling faces and working with my amazing teacher team. Next year, I am moving to the Grade 3 team to see a variation of teaching styles. I look forward to what the new lead has to offer, and will definitely still hang out with my Grade 5 teachers outside of school as they became some of my closest friends!