Tuesday, February 18, 2014

15 Things New Teachers Understand

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15. The fury associated with the age-old question about your age...

Parent: "It's nice to meet you, too. Are you old enough to be a teacher?"
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14. The better-go-hide feeling of getting observed for the first time...
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13. The excited, nervous feeling that comes once you've finally mustered up the courage to ask for something...
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"There's this new research-based decoding curriculum on the market, and..."

12. Finding out there's a cute teacher in the school...
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11. Your really awkward first phone call to a parent, where you can't quite form a sentence...
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This feeling also applies to your first IEP meeting or parent conference.

10. The relief and elation of making a teacher friend...
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9. The terror of finding out the students have a crush on you...
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(Don't read the notes you intercept...)

8. The excitement that comes with access to new bulletin board supplies, laminators, the Ellison machine, door displays...
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7. The joys of staying up late and waking up early to write IEPs, lesson plans, grading, etc...
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6. The feeling you get when you have a really great new idea, and another teacher doesn't like it...
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Wahh. Okay.

5. The awesome knowledge that your students think you're young and cool...
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4. The incredible feeling you get when you've finally mastered the art of classroom management...
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Haven't gotten that yet? Follow my blog for ideas!

3. The startling realization that you simply can't eat some of the food that students bring for you...
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2. The sheer pleasure of finding food in the faculty room...
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Or sneaking it out of your classroom snack cabinet... (Shhhh...)
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1. The spark of your passion for teaching, which keeps you going each day. With your ability to accept challenges, you can answer most questions with,
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And eventually, you'll be able to look back and feel content about the whole journey.

Have anything to add to this list? Please share in the comments below!

A Peach for the Teach


  1. Thanks, Alyce! #10 is such a great feeling! Thanks for your comment and for reading!

  2. Ha!! I love this list! I'm in my 18th year teaching and I STILL feel all of these! It never fades away....
    Great list. Thanks for the laugh this morning! : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

    1. Thanks, Ali! You're welcome! Laughter is the best way to start the day (along with caffeine, right?!). Thanks for reading!

  3. This post made me smile! I've been teaching for 10 years and can still relate to most of these. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. Hi, Lauren! I can see that! I'm so happy this made you smile. Your comment made me smile!

  4. Number 4 made me LOL! I'm so blessed to work in a building where everyone is so nice and supportive. They made my first year amazing. I do agree with finding food in the teachers lounge! Happened just the other day. We didn't know what to do with ourselves.

    1. Haha, gotta love Chuck Norris! You are so fortunate to work in a supportive building. That keeps the spark going. LOL- I swear, light shines out of the teachers' lounge whenever there's food!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Kate! Glad you liked it! Thanks for your comment!!

  6. Love #12. That Ezra from PLL is a cutie! i just wanted to share the link to my Liebster Award post. It's Liebster Award . Thanks again for nominating me. ~Stacy What's New in Room 202