edu180atl: jen murphy 9.21.11
Each year since I began teaching, I have kept a journal to reflect on my transition from the old world I knew to the world of education as well as to document things I would like to change in my classroom from one year to the next. During the first few weeks of school, I try to take some time to look through that journal and today I found a hilarious entry from my first week of teaching…
“This has been the most insane week ever. But did I mention how much fun? My co-teacher and I set the date for the next test—ONE WEEK FROM TUESDAY!!! Holy cow! I have a ton of material to cover with them before the test and on a 4-day week next week. Aaaah! I have a ton of work to do this weekend. But it’s good work. Work I’m actually looking forward to—how cool is that?!?”
What did I learn today? I learned that it’s always good practice to remind myself why I chose this profession and how much I love it—how much I’ve loved it from the very start. So while I and my amazing colleagues are busy herding cats, soothing tears, teaching study skills, calling parents, picking up smelly gym clothes, and trying desperately to work in some well-rounded meaningful education, I can still find a quiet moment to remember that each day I smile, each day I laugh, and each day I lay down my head satisfied.
About the Author: Jen is a wife and mathematics teacher at an independent school in Atlanta.