Earlier this week I taught two lessons, totally alone, to my jr. high students. Before I taught them that day, I observed for one period and after I taught them I observed another period. Then I helped with the after school club. Total, I was at school for five to six hours. When I got home I collapsed on my bed because I was totally exhausted. I felt like all day I was just fighting tooth and nail to get kids to cooperate, make sure everyone was on the same page, help the second language learners, etc. I was shocked at how worn out I felt at the end of the day!
As I was telling Mark about my day later that night, I realized that even though I had a tiring day, there was a little glimmer of light that made it allllll worth it. I asked a question to the students that was pretty hard. I didn't even know the answer when I originally found the question online, I had to look it up. The first period I asked did not get the question right, they did not even attempt to answer it. I thought that the second period I asked would be the same. However, a little introvert in the back of the classroom piped up just as I was about to give away the answer. He knew, he remembered, he literally learned right in front of my eyes. It's a weird thing to describe, but it made my whole exhausting day of talking over students, using my teacher voice, being assertive (which is sometimes a little unnatural for me, I have to admit) totally and completely worth it.
I guess this will be how I feel every day for the rest of my career, and I like that.
Hey! My name is Riley Jo. I have been living off Dr. pepper and a prayer since 1991. My life motto is one that Joey Gladstone taught me on Full House... make fun of yourself before anyone else has a chance to do it first! That's my goal here. Thanks for stopping by!