I look at my board and see that 47 teaching days have passed since the beginning of the school year. And I am weary. Days have melted into weeks giving me a sense of a neverending string of days. I work continuously on combining two curriculums (grade 1 and grade 2) and on creating interesting lessons and activities that will have meaning for the children in my class. There is so much I want to prepare – and yet there is so little time.
Today is a PA day – a day for teachers to work on report cards and to spend time in their classrooms. I am glad of it as I will take the time to catch up on my assessment, tidy up the mountain of paper on my desk and shelf, and work a little on my report cards. I am weary, and I have too much to do.
And yet I am content. I am enjoying the opportunity to put into place what I believe in: centres in the classroom; using inquiry as a way to create interest in the children; the importance of making the curriculum relevant; giving the child the opportunity to self-regulate; individualised and personal assessment. It is hard work in the beginning and yet I know the results will be worth it.
Yes, I am weary but I am content.
Are you weary?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: weary)