Stir Up the World

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Dec 17 2011

exit ticket

I only do exit tickets when I’m feeling really ambitious (read: almost never), but if TFA asked me to write an exit ticket showing what I’ve learned so far, this is what it would look like:

  1. You will spend money on your kids. This is a very expensive job.  I’ve bought everything from Twizzlers to seat cushions.
  2. It’s not nearly as bad as people say it will be. This is just my personal experience; I’m an anticipator and I expected my first semester of teaching to be much worse than it was.
  3. Never underestimate the power of a movie or an episode of Friends. My cure-all.
  4. There are 8 things I must have in my classroom.
    1. a digital watch
    2. cough drops
    3. snacks
    4. chapstick
    5. advil
    6. Tide to-go pen (for those rogue un-capped expo markers)
    7. a gigantic water bottle
    8. hand sanitizer
  5. Flats are a girl’s best friend.
  6. Laminate your posters.
  7. It will get better.
  8. Don’t think about or evaluate your life under these circumstances:
    • it’s Sunday night
    • it’s any morning or the week
    • you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired
    • you had a bad class
    • you had a bad day
    • you had a bad week
    • you’re a first-year teacher

The end of my first semester of teaching feels pretty anti-climatic, actually.  I know that some things need to change in my class, and I’m aware of some of the things I’m doing well, but I don’t have this burning desire to completely make over my classroom and re-do everything. I’m going home for a week and a half, and maybe after that I’ll feel like working.

It’s probably just because I’m exhausted.  Does anyone else feel this way?

“You had your finals marked and posted with the board before I did!”

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    "If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln