Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 15 2011

Been A While…

Shooting 2 blocks from school this morning.. so glad none of my kids were hurt! Hoping their families are okay as well..

That being said, the second year of teaching is SO much better than the first. I feel so much more ready to tackle whatever is thrown at me, and confident. Like when I found out I was looping up with some of my students from last year.. on the first day of school.

Teaching double the subjects with half the support has been rough, but I’m just glad it wasn’t that way during my first year. I love the administration and staff at my school, so definitely feel inspired, despite the continual 15-hour days!

Kids are killing it. Every class scored an 80% on at least 1 out of 2 sections on our first district assessment, and the kids I looped with did on all parts. Every kid I had last year who never reached ‘proficient’ on a district exam has this year. So proud of these middle schoolers!

When I get a second (wait, when will that be?), I will post my favorite kid quotes and stories from the year. Some include the new addition from this year: the class hamster!

Until next time,

Biggie Mals.

One Response

  1. It’s great to hear that your feeling so very successful. I promise it gets easier and easier as the years roll on. I’m ten years in, and I still study the teacher’s who have been doing this for thirty years. Teaching is a skill in and of itself. The first year is always the hardest. Keep up the good work, and don’t forget to take care of you in the process.

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