Searching in the Springs

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 12 2011

April 11…just another day

I can’t believe that my two years are almost over and I just now am doing this. Not writing down my thoughts, emotions, and events over time will be my number one regret as a first and second year teacher.

Today was the epitome of what it means to be a teacher.  I spent the first part of the morning in meetings.  Then, my job started.  I wasn’t terribly prepared and spent the morning rushing around and stressed.  This, along with being really tired, was poised for a bad outcome.  My first class was great and then: 7th graders.  I am not sure what they ate this morning, but they were on fire.  By the time my second 7th grade class was done, I wanted to cry.  They were disruptive, disrespectful, and unproductive.  I felt like the worst teacher ever.  Then, my extremely apathetic 8th graders came in shocked that their essays were due today.  Following that were my 6th grade classes which were both shockingly great today.  I was exhausted and ready to beat my head against the wall.  The last thing I wanted to do was to go to practice.

However, it was probably the best thing I could have done.  My group of 7th grade boys are making some amazing progress.  We worked on reverse layups on Friday, among other things.  Then, in the middle of a shooting drill, Jamarcus drove to the basket and did a reverse layup like it is what he does.  The look on his face was priceless.  He shocked himself and tried to act as though it was nothing.  You could see the amazement on his face.  I asked him if it was the first time he did it without thinking of doing it before.  He shook his head “yes” with uncertainty.  It was such an amazing feeling that I had worked with him on that and three days later, he mastered it.  Pretty amazing…

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