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:
- You will spend money on your kids. This is a very expensive job. I’ve bought everything from Twizzlers to seat cushions.
- 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.
- Never underestimate the power of a movie or an episode of Friends. My cure-all.
- There are 8 things I must have in my classroom.
- a digital watch
- cough drops
- Tide to-go pen (for those rogue un-capped expo markers)
- a gigantic water bottle
- hand sanitizer
- Flats are a girl’s best friend.
- Laminate your posters.
- It will get better.
- 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?