Well, I am entering the 4th quarter of my first year of teaching. I must say that I feel like I have been through a lot. So much has changed and I now see the value of experience. It is something that really can’t be taught, but just has to happen.
I have known a lot of first year teachers that have ended the year pretty beat up and bruised, possibly thinking about quitting. I don’t feel this way. It has been rough at times, but I feel strong enough to continue.
I know I can make it through the 4th quarter and for what it’s worth, I know that I will be okay. I have been through some storms, but they have all passed.
One thing I have learned is to not take things personal. When my students are bored, I can’t take it personal. When students complain about my class, I can’t take it personal. When the story bombs in class, I can’t take it personal. All I do is smile back and get back on the horse.