Monday, May 9, 2011

An Up and Down Thrill Ride


I know roller coasters. I'm a Midwest boy and one of the things that get a number of us through the winters is the hope of getting thrown around on wood and steel structures in the heat of the summer. Gemini, Beast, Maverick, and Raging Bull are names that are stored in mid-westerner's memory banks as rides that momentarily suspend the rider into a weightless form, experiencing joy and fear at the same time. The sensations and emotions that roller-coaster rides provide can only be obtained at the big parks, unless you are a teacher.

This was my first school year teaching my own class. In other words, a first year teacher. A moniker that I initially avoided, but came to accept, while never hiding behind. I never wanted my ideas, passion, or energy to be discounted or dismissed by the label. I had spent the previous year (April '09-April '10) completing a Graduate Transition to Teaching program with the primary goal of obtaining my elementary license and the corollary goal of completing two-thirds of my Masters Degree in a truncated time-frame. That story is being reserved for a later post, but I'll say the pressures and sacrifices required for that program set-up me up well for wild ride that I would undertake once I got the keys to my own door.

After being selected as a finalist from an applicant pool of over 245 teachers, in a state where the Governor had recently announced 300 million in budget cuts, I was just happy to be offered anything in my newly chosen field. Fortunately, I had the unusual opportunity of expressing my preference for my first classroom and I chose first grade and its six year olds.

So began my slow, clanky, anticipatory ride to the top of the drop. My room just had just been repainted, so my box was, vanilla'd out, to use a remodeling term. Just desks, chairs, and potential. I spent about 32 hours implementing my classroom design and feel as the anticipation built towards the first day. The non-student teacher report week was devoted to professional development, other training, and clerical tasks. The dull before the roar. The school open house closed out the week and held the promise of a new beginning. Then my slow ride picked up speed as I crested the top of the school year and I sped towards the thrills, the fear, and the ups and the downs

I was fortunate to have an administrator that had previously taught the age level and grade. So early on I received a lot of good ideas, tips, and support. It was nice to have a sounding board of someone that I could trust as well, and I felt she had mine and my students best interest in mind. She talked me down off the ledge to be sure or in roller coasterease, held my hand through the corkscrews. The times where I felt upside down. All of a sudden it was October, then very quickly winter break. Whew.

In January, I felt that we were starting to gain some momentum and doing some great things. The ride seemed a little smoother, akin to riding a steel coaster as opposed to a wooden one. We started blogging and were doing some great discovering in our science and social study units. There were days where the early year preparation, modeling and practice of our classroom procedures made it seem as if I was barely needed. I would introduce the concepts, foster the skill practice, and when possible, allow the students to demonstrate how they learned in the best way they could.

There were days of course, where I felt that our classroom car was heading towards the ground and I couldn't see the track ahead of us. They were mostly self-inflicted, terrifying moments where I felt that I had run out of ideas, or when I felt the weight of my conscious incompetence. There were times of sadness, when a student impacted your life without you even realizing it and times of tremendous joy . Of course, the plunging, pitching ride is always connected to something, but it often felt like I was coming off of the rails.

To be sure, I've learned more than my students and will almost certainly owe them an apology someday because I know that I'm capable of more. I came to realize that there was no such thing as a cast off moment, that I was always teaching. And even-though this year isn't quite over, I can't wait to strap in with the next group of students to take another wild ride. Both hands in the air the whole way.



Get Follow Me Buttons

44 comments:

  1. What a great post! Thanks for sharing. The first year can be rough, but from your blog posts I can tell that you have done great! Also, remember, every year is a fun adventure and ride. The students are different and have different needs. The state and district puts different pressures on you. The most important thing to remember is that you are there to teach students and help them grow. Have a great ending to a great first year!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The Super Bowl LI Halftime show will take place on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas as part of Super Bowl LI. American singer Lady Gaga will headline the show.
    Super Bowl
    Super Bowl Live
    Super Bowl Live Stream
    Super Bowl 51
    Super Bowl 2017
    NFL Super Bowl

    ReplyDelete
  3. Grammy 2017 will be at 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Read more:



    Grammys

    Grammy 2017

    Grammys 2017

    2017 Grammys

    Watch Grammy 2017

    Grammy Awards

    Grammy Awards 2017

    ReplyDelete
  4. WATCH OSCARS 89th ACADEMY AWARDS 2017: Get live stream online hd free news update the Oscars ,2017 Oscar, including nominations, winners, predictions and red carpet fashion on Sunday Feb 26 at 8:30 PM ET

    OSCARS

    ReplyDelete
  5. UFC 209 early weigh-in results and live video stream (noon ET). LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today's early and official UFC 209 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at noon ET. UFC 209 By The Numbers: Tyron Woodley Vs Stephen Thompson 2.
    UFC 209
    UFC 209 Live , UFC 209 Fight Card
    UFC 209 Live Stream , UFC 209 Fight

    Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC), who meets Alistair Overeem (41-15 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in a heavyweight fight on Saturday night at UFC 209, is in. UFC 209 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs. You might not see them at T-Mobile Arena — neither is competing at UFC 209 — but their auras will be hovering. The specter of McGregor, the.
    UFC 209
    UFC 209 Live Stream , UFC 209 Live
    UFC 209 Fight , UFC 209 Fight Card

    ReplyDelete

  6. There may be practically a full week March Madness of action before the NCAA tournament announces their field on Selection Weekend. But even though that won't happen until Drive 12, March Madness Live it's easier than you think to project the four No more. 1 seeds in Drive Madness.

    The four top seeds should be March Madness Live Stream protecting national champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga. Those four have recently been at the top of the rankings and possess also been the selections of bracketologists March Madness Bracket like ESPN's May well Lunardi and March Madness 2017 s Jerry Palm, and it might be a surprise if they didn't emerge at the conclusion of the seminar tournaments that will be held at throughout the week.

    Villanova (28-3, 15-3 Big East) has put together a sensational season after beating New you are able to in last year's March Madness 2017 Live countrywide title game. Head mentor Jay Wright has held his foot on the gas pedal, and the Wildcats have continued to produce on a steady most basic. NCAA March Madness

    Villanova is the Zero. 1 seed in the Big East tournament 2017 March Madness , and while that league has regularly produced upsets in the conference tournament, it would be somewhat of a shocker if the Wildcats didn't make it to it game. In the event that they face second-seeded Retainer, it could be a good game that moves down to the line because Butler has recently defeated Villanova twice. Whether it is any other Big East team, the Wildcats would be a significant favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Following having a few times with mid-major March Madness championship game titles claiming the schoolMarch Madness Live field hockey spotlight, the Power 5 March Madness Live Stream conference tournaments commence to take center stage today. These kinds of are the games that will help define the way the bubble and the returning end of the NCAA March Madness Bracket Tournament bracket shakes away.
    March Madness 2017
    On Wednesday, Syracuse, Arkansas, March Madness 2017 Live California, TCU, Ohio Condition, Wake Forest, 2017 March Madness Virginia Technical, Texas Tech, Xavier and The south all play game titles NCAA March Madness that will either help solidify their at-large berth/seed or make Selection Saturday more of an restless day. march madness schedule

    One other quick note: I moved Gonzaga back up to the top seed line after a third thoroughly impressive win over a very good Saint Mary's team in the WCC subject game. That's not total, though. The Pac-12 event champion march madness schedule 2017 could easily find yourself there by the end of the week, particularly if the winner of the Arizona/UCLA semifinal beats Or in it game.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ohio, California, TCU, Ohio Condition, Wake Forest,

    Virginia Technical, Texas Tech, Xavier and El monte all play game titles that will either help solidify their at-large berth/seed or make Selection

    Saturday more of an restless

    March Madness
    March Madness Live
    March Madness Live Stream
    March Madness Bracket
    March Madness 2017
    March Madness 2017 Live
    NCAA March Madness
    2017 March Madness
    march madness schedule
    march madness schedule 2017

    ReplyDelete
  9. As the shimmer of March Madness 2017 (NCAA Tournament) ends up being a surging fire, we're certain that you wish to join countless individuals to see the most amazing college basketball occasion of the year! Here's just how you could enjoy March Madness 2017 HD 1080p 720p on any of your gadgets such as apple iphone, iPad, Android, Mac/PC, Apple TV, etc.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    See March Madness 2017 Live on TV with Cable
    The easiest method to capture a total amount of 68 teams consisting of to play basketball video games is to enjoy them on a cable with NCAA Tournament subscription. Networks broadcasting March Madness 2017 like ESPN, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, Sling TELEVISION, as well as Roku TV will certainly charge $20 each month without any contract.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    After paying, all customers could enjoy unrestricted real-time streaming protection throughout the whole men's basketball champion 2017 on TELEVISION.

    ReplyDelete
  10. As the glimmer of March Madness 2017 (NCAA Tournament) becomes a raving fire, we're sure that you wish to sign up with millions of people to see one of the most amazing college basketball occasion of the year! Here's how you could view March Madness 2017 HD 1080p 720p on any one of your tools such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac/PC, Apple TELEVISION, and so on.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    See March Madness 2017 Live on TV with Cable
    The most convenient way to catch a total amount of 68 groups consisting of to play basketball games is to view them on a cable TV with NCAA Tournament subscription. Networks broadcasting March Madness 2017 like ESPN, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, Sling TV, as well as Roku TV will charge $20 each month with no contract.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    After paying, all customers can take pleasure in endless live streaming protection throughout the whole men's basketball championship 2017 on TV.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nc: Despite the fact that this Tar Pumps damaged or lost inside ACC match semifinals, they had Duke to the ropes designed for high of the first 50 % of. Justin Fitzgibbons, who has developed some sort of good outside game, in addition to a foul-free Fran Acai berry II could be the tips.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    Absolutely, we realize Level Couple never created one further Four. This particular team, stored with accomplished scorers that will moreover shut straight down competitors, will be your partner's earliest
    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    When you’re nevertheless to the fence about that 8-9 online game, or simply are trying to find a consensus impression on your Last Some randomly chooses, we’ve gained anyone covered by having a standing of their 68 matchups inside event. You can now together with generate for you to decide on those mid-major darlings you’ve been eyeing with regard to upset probable.
    March Madness

    March Madness Live

    March Madness Live Stream

    March Madness 2017

    March Madness 2017 Live

    ncaa March Madness

    ncaa march madness live

    ncaa tournament

    March Madness Bracket

    ncaa final four

    Villanova: The highest overall seeds. Quick grown timbers . team’s point in the most difficult section (the Distance, with matchups vs Fight it out and SMU looming), Villanova’s three-man bothersome core involving Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and additionally Kris Jenkins maintain a pool of potential to be able to try for the reason that state champions.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Somebody check the establishment of Madison Square Garden. Golovkin vs Jacobs On Saturday, the celebrated field will play host to a fight between two of the most deafening punchers in boxing, when the undefeated Gennady Golovkin goes up against Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title session that is certain to see a few blows resonate all through the scene.

    Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will put the IBF, WBC, IBO world titles on hold, in addition to his status as the WBA “super world” champion, when he ventures into the squared circle this end of the week.
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Live Fighter Jacobs, who came into the battle with the WBA world belt, has an opportunity to seize whiz status on the off chance that he can annoy Triple G. Golovkin vs Jacobs Live Stream
    Golovkin has thumped out 23 straight adversaries, turning into a fan most loved for his unassuming disposition outside the ring and his close legendary power inside it. Golovkin vs Jacobs Boxing Jacobs is the genuine article himself, having halted his last 15 rivals.

    Golovkin vs Jacobs
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Live
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Live Stream
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Live Streaming
    Golovkin vs Jacobs PPV
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Pay Per View
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Boxing
    Golovkin vs Jacobs Fight
    Golovkin vs Jacobs HBO Pay Per View
    Golovkin vs Jacobs HBO PPV
    GGG vs Jacobs
    Jacobs vs Golovkin
    Jacobs vs Golovkin Live
    Jacobs vs Golovkin Live Stream
    Jacobs vs Golovkin Fight
    Jacobs vs Golovkin Boxing
    Jacobs vs Golovkin PPV
    Jacobs vs Golovkin Pay Per View
    Jacobs vs GGG
    Watch Golovkin vs Jacobs
    Watch Golovkin vs Jacobs Live

    ReplyDelete
  13. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor haven't formally consented to a battle, however the unbeaten boxing star as of now has a favored area for the occasion.Mayweather said last Wednesday he'd battle McGregor in Moscow."Firstly we have to concur a battle and after that after we can concede to a place," he said in a meeting with Russian state-possessed media arrange RT. Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live "On the off chance that some way or another it turns out the battle will be in Moscow, then I have no issue. On the off chance that I needed to pick now then I would pick Moscow."
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Fight
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Boxing
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor PPV
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Pay Per View
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live Stream
    Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live Streaming
    Watch Mayweather vs Mcgregor
    Watch Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live


    Accepting Mayweather vs Mcgregor can clear every one of the obstacles important to complete the arrangement, Moscow would be a far-fetched setting for their occasion.

    Mcgregor vs Mayweather
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Fight
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Boxing
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather PPV
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Pay Per View
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Live
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Live Stream
    Mcgregor vs Mayweather Live Streaming

    ReplyDelete