I've had my student teacher since we came back from break at the beginning of January. That means it's been four (going on five) long months since my classroom has resembled anything normal. "Normal" being relative since I teach middle school English, but still. I'm ready. I was ready at least a month ago. I adore my student teacher- she's been the best possible experience I could have asked for, but this experience has made it so clear that I need to be in the classroom. I need to teach. I've missed it so much, and now that the end is in sight, I can't help my excitement. My ST's units will wrap up at the end of next week, and then I'll come back in for the last week and a half of her placement in order for her to have some time to grade papers and finalize her portfolio.
I end the year with Shakespeare in both 7th and 8th grade, and the excitement and nerves are stirring. I get nervous every August when school starts up again, training myself to be on all day when I'm not used to being the center of attention. Even though I've been here all this time, I definitely haven't been a major presence in my classroom for the past two months. I'm ready to throw myself back in full-force, and Shakespeare is the best way to ensure I'm at the top of my game for the last month of school.
Lesson planning is usually my least-favorite endeavor since it requires me to be organized and plan ahead, and I like a certain amount of spontaneity (which I always allow for by making my plans in a rough outline style). Today, I've been in the back of the room, giddily plotting out the time, two weeks from now, when I'll return to my favorite role. I'm sure the transition back will be rough in some ways, but for now I'm daydreaming. While many teachers are probably counting down to the end of the school year, I'm counting down the moments until I can really feel like a teacher again. In fact, when another teacher approached me this morning about a 7th grade field trip on the last day of school, I flat out refused to be one of the teacher chaperones. I've missed so much precious time with my 8th graders over the past few months, I won't sacrifice my last chance to be with them before they move on to high school. I'm ready.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.