In 12 days my first year of teaching will be over. After 9 months of making my own curriculum, coaching a volleyball team, scheduling & running Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, writing IEP’s, figuring out what works and doesn’t work with my students, and basically flying on the seat of my pants it’s almost over. To be honest this first year of teaching isn’t anything like what I expected it to be.
I expected to have a curriculum already made for me. Not lesson plans already made but at least a list of what I should teach throughout the year and a book to go with it. Instead I searched through my classroom and others for books I could use. Now at the end of the year I have an entire huge binder with a math curriculum that I made on my own.
I expected to have anxiety and be stressed out by having to run IEP meetings. I mean I’m only 24 and I felt that the parents wouldn’t feel comfortable with me running the meetings. Instead all of the meetings went extremely well and I didn’t have any problems with parents throughout the year.In fact on of the parents also works at the junior high and told a co-worker that I was very professional, put her at ease, and didn’t overwhelm her with special education lingo.
For my first year of teaching I have to say that I didn’t do to bad and I ended up at a good school. I learned a lot from co-workers, on my own throughout the year, and got some great experience. Did I get along with everyone I worked with? No. Did I do everything the right way the first time? No. Is there a lot of things I can improve on the next time I’m teaching? Yes. But, all in all I think for a first year teacher I did pretty dang good.
It’s hard to believe that the person I used to be in high school is the same person I have become today. I never would have thought that I would end up being a special education teacher, enjoying it, and being able to handle all of the responsibilities that come with it plus taking on more responsibilities like coaching. It goes to show that even though people may perceive you one way throughout your younger life they never know what you will become when you get older.
I guess this leads me into the next post I have scheduled all about how people may perceive you one way but they never know the full story.
Has someone ever perceived you one way until you proved them wrong? Have you ever done well at something you thought you would do horrible at?
Until next time fellow bloggers.
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