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Reflections on Year Three

Teaching is a lot like playing a card game, the dealer gives you certain cards and you play with what you are given--for better or worse. Sometimes those cards are perfect and give you everything you need to play a perfect hand and then with a pull of a card the whole game can come crashing down in one fell swoop. That was my year, equal parts mighty successes and massive failures with one move.

I had the best of intentions to write my reflection on my third year of teaching last week, but much like this year things didn't go quite as planned. It is said that your third year is when things start to fall into place, everything gets a little easier, everything starts to work together. They lie. My third year of teaching was hands down my hardest. With that said I believe that in any situation in life we are refined by the hard situations and I was refined over and over and over again both as a teacher and as a person.

I said in my last two years of reflections that the "My first year I learned about the navigating being a teacher and surviving. My second year was all about the students and their needs." This year, my third year, was about marrying those two ideas together... and failing over and over again. But it was also was about learning to pick myself up motivate my students and pressing forward. This year wasn't always fun, I didn't always "like" what I was doing but I am better for it--a better teacher, a better person, a better comforter, a better motivator, a better me.  

I sure can't wait to see what year four has in store, but summer first, I NEED SUMMER.

Year Three... Brought to you by coffee, lots of coffee. 

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willfullyelegant said...

You are a teacher and that in itself kicks you many notches high on respect in my books! Teaching is a tough job and good teachers like you come hard! Keep up the good job and you will eventually have this all figured out..year four will be good I am sure.. Good Luck.

Because Shanna Said So said...

At the end of the day, I bet those kiddos absolutely adored you!! How could they not? Congrats on getting through year three!! Now go have some serious summer fun!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on year 3! And on those awesome letters behind you! :)

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Are you really done with Year 3 already?! I still remember watching your first vlog during your FIRST year of teaching!

Caitlin Cavallaro said...

Your classroom is amazing! I know year 4 will be even BETTER than year 3!!! Thanks for all your do for all the kiddos - we don't get enough thanks in the job we do! But, just know that you are so appreciated & you're doing an amazing job!

Darby Hawley said...

I can't encourage you enough: the fact that you even have this post and you reflect on each year speaks volumes about what a fantastic & dedicated teacher you are. You are such a blessing to your students and I pray that next year is better! For now though, enjoy the summer!