Grade 6, Year 2

13 Sep

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It’s my second year teaching 6th grade in Oregon’s largest middle school. What a difference a year makes.

Last year, I had no idea what I was teaching.

Fortunately, I had an excellent teaching partner who held my hand through the whole year. She had taught 6th grade for years and knew which end was up. I felt completely topsy-turvy for the first couple of months. Everything and everyone was new. Slowly, my knowledge grew, and, with it, my confidence.

I started this year feeling more self-assured. I knew people. I knew what I was teaching and how things worked. I knew what I was doing.

Unfortunately, my teaching partner received some bad news and had to leave town for a family emergency. She will miss at least the first two weeks of school and so, the shoe is now on the other foot. I get to be the expert, guiding her sub through the first few weeks of school, explaining units and clarifying procedures.

Although it is helping my teaching partner and her sub, it is helping me, too. Although I was a little anxious at first, knowing I bore an extra burden helping the room next door get off to a good start, I now feel even more confident than I had in late August.

When I left my old school, I was something of an institution there. I now think that I could be come that here. And that is saying a lot.

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8 Responses to “Grade 6, Year 2”

  1. newtreemom September 13, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    An institution at your school…not a bad way to be remembered!

  2. arjeha September 13, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    That is definitely a tribute to you, your abilities, and your work ethic. The sub is in good hands.

  3. Lisa Keeler September 13, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    You are so right about the difference a year makes. Nice to feel like you can return a favor, isn’t it? Best of luck with these next two weeks and the coming year.

  4. linsey taylor September 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    It is amazing what a different a year makes! Three years seem to be the “I’ve got this” year for me. Good luck!

    • Adrienne September 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

      It usually is for me, too, but this year made me step up my game.

  5. mbhmaine September 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m delighted to hear that your confidence grew through last year and that you’re starting this year feeling more assured. I’m especially delighted because I’ve changed grade levels this year and am definitely feeling overwhelmed and topsy turvy! You’ve given me hope! Lucky for both of us to have amazing supportive colleagues!

  6. onathought September 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Leading others helps the leader grow too! Way to go stepping up to the plate. 🙂

    • msjailew September 13, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

      onathought, you are so right about leading others helping leaders grow. Good for you, stepping up to the plate!

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