Teaching is a work of heart.
“Are your coworkers allowed to do that, put all the "problem" kids in one class? Is that even legal, to have that many kids with ADHD or other learning, social, or emotional difficulties in one class?”

—Anonymous

wonderfulslumber:

tunedintoteaching:

They’re not allowed to but because the students are not formally diagnosed, it makes it easier for the teachers to do so. Everyone in the school sees it, the other kinder teachers play it off as a coincidence though. All the other teachers are saying how unfair it is what they did but what’s done is done. I’m going to focus on taking it all as a learning experience and use what I have learned as a teacher.

the same kind of thing happened to me, like the teacher I replaced who quit last minute was relatively unpopular amongst the k - 1 team and so the k teachers gave her all their crazy kids with nutjob parents who they didn’t want to give to anyone else. it truly sucked and was a terrible class. I had many, many low kids as well. k - 1 is hard because not many kids are classified yet so you’re probably going to be the first teacher to tell the parents that their kid needs services. which some don’t like to hear and makes your job way more challenging.

oh and I was the only first grade on the second floor. with no furniture in my classroom. the other teachers took all of it in the short time between the other teacher resigning and me taking over. no budget, and what was ordered by the other teacher never made it to my classroom. you really get the short end of the stick as a first year teacher.

also I didn’t know you started in October? you started a month in?

I started in September… school starts in August here. I was hired because there were too many kinder students so they opened a new class.

365q:

Day 354/365: Part 2/3

365q:

Day 354/365: Part 2/3


“Are your coworkers allowed to do that, put all the "problem" kids in one class? Is that even legal, to have that many kids with ADHD or other learning, social, or emotional difficulties in one class?”

—Anonymous

They’re not allowed to but because the students are not formally diagnosed, it makes it easier for the teachers to do so. Everyone in the school sees it, the other kinder teachers play it off as a coincidence though. All the other teachers are saying how unfair it is what they did but what’s done is done. I’m going to focus on taking it all as a learning experience and use what I have learned as a teacher.


“Hey, I've been following your blog for a while now (I'm hoping to be a teacher) and I just wanted to say that I am so sorry that this year has been so difficult, but you seem like a great person, and I really hope things get better for you.”

—Anonymous

You are so sweet, thank you!

I hope none of my posts have discouraged you in your journey to become a teacher.  Good luck with it!

I appreciate you taking the time to send me this, it truly means a lot.


On another note….

I already know I am going to cry during culmination.

These kids and I have been through a lot this year.

As much as they’ve driven me crazy, they have stolen my heart.


This year has truly been a test.  Just how to remember nothing in life that is worthwhile is ever easy.

This year has truly been a test.  Just how to remember nothing in life that is worthwhile is ever easy.


One thing I wish I was exposed more to when I was getting my credential was how to deal with students who have ADHD, autism, etc. I have about 7 kids that fall in the ADHD category and one who might be autistic. 

I’m just in survival mode right now.

The other kindergarten teachers are on cloud 9 because they placed all their “problem kids” on me when I came a month into the school year.

I seriously hope next year is a little easier. I do not think I could do this year after year.  I have become a grouch that questions herself as a teacher. Sometimes I even question my passion when that is something that everyone has always noticed.

It seems I am alone in this because teachers/parents/my kids are always saying how much they appreciate me and how my caring nature and passion has made a huge impact on the kids’ lives. 

I don’t know.


"I never want to come to school."

One of my kids wrote this on his paper instead of doing his work.

I asked him why he wrote that and he said because everyone bothers him and he hates everyone.

This made me so sad to see and read…

He, in fact, is not being bothered.  If he does have problems with students, he usually instigates it.  He is just not matured socially and has difficulty relating with others. He gets super frustrated with people over the littlest thing and just lashes out.

I talked to him and have guided him throughout the year on how to interact in social interactions, but he still has a ways to go.

I honestly think I handled emotional/social/psychological issues more than I taught academics this year. 


I have really emotional kids.

Like super emotional.

I’m not sure if I am doing enough for them.

I had one cry so much today for no big reason and scratch at his face.

His crying just caused a stressed environment where everyone was just on edge.

It is my job to set a calm environment…am I not doing my job?


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