What is it they say? If you fall off of a horse, pick yourself up and get back on. This is what I feel I am doing at the moment: I am getting back on that horse!
In January I felt I was learning to ride. It was report card time, and the first year I had to do report cards in the schooling system I am now working in. Marks were agonised over; comments were hashed, and rehashed. There were times I felt like pulling my hair out in frustration. I was walking a path with a very dim light; struggling to see the end of the road.
But even though the experience was not pleasant, I had to get back on that horse. Report card time has arrived again. And this time I am wiser. As a unit has been completed during the year, I reflected on the grades each child should get for that particular module. Comments were assessed before the due date (hopefully they will pass muster when they are all added together for each child). The work on the reporting has been spread out in my personal agenda, hopefully leading to less stress in the end.
Even as I am currently working on my students’ progress, I am realising ways in which I can make the next time even better. That is the thing about getting back on the horse: you learn for your mistakes, and you improve the ride.
What is your experience of “getting back on the horse”?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Fall)