Saturday, September 20, 2008

I made it through!

Back-to-school night is finally finished! I managed to survive meeting about half of the parent's in my class, and many others from the school! My room looked great! I was totally prepared, and two of the parents said that they are very glad I am teaching their kid. Yippee! Maybe this year will turn out to be pretty good after all.

I keep having this waking nightmare that I get to the end of the school year and realize that I haven't actually taught my kids anything. That in fact, I ruined them and their futures! It is a very intense and horrible feeling to get. I'm not usually much of a worrier, but the responsibility of teaching these kids is getting to me. I have to keep reminding myself that I can do this, and that I can even do it well. I just hope that in 10 years these kids look back at their time in the third grade and say, "That was a great year, and Miss Merket helped shape the great person I am today." I really hope that they are not saying, "If only I hadn't lost all my confidence and learning ability in the third grade, maybe I could be changing the world instead of sitting in jail. Curse Miss Merket!" Gahhhhh!

In other news, I am very excited to be attending my first real luau tonight. There is going to be a roasted pig, and even live Hawaiian dancers. It should be a blast!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Finally a Blog

So, I think I just might be the last person I know to get a blog. I never had any thing particular against blogs, I just figured only people without a life had them. Now that I officially have no life, I thought I should get one.

About 10 days ago I started my first year of teaching. I am the third grade teacher at a private school, and all I seem to be able to think about these days are my ten very unique and funny students. I am pretty sure that being a prematurely middle-aged school teacher who is obsessed with her students and laminating is the very definition of a loser without a life. Despite all that, I love what I am doing. Today Yoori (one of my cute kids) gave me beautiful origami flower she'd made from memory. It was so sweet, and since she speaks very little English it was the first sign I'd had from her that she thinks I am a decent teacher. That folks, is why I love teaching.

This Friday we are having my schools version of back to school night. I am extremely nervous. Although to teach at a private school you do not need a teaching credential, I have heard that at least one of my students mothers is concerned about my lack of a credential. Because of this I am working really hard to make my room, curriculum over view, and self look perfectly teacher-ish. I hope it all pays off!

Just so you can see a little of what I am talking about here are some pictures of my new life.

This is Netra, showing me how excited she is to be making a newspaper about herself.

This is our job board. Doesn't responsibility look exciting!

This is the courtyard garden at my school. It has a pond with fish, frogs, and turtles.