A Slice of Life: A quick snapshot of my first week back to school, #Year6

“Alright, this is the last question I will read out in this word game, because I am getting tired,” I told my last period towards the end of my first week back at school. We still had about half an hour left of class yet.

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A very helpful student volunteered to help me read out my next activity since I was tired. It’s only the first week, and I already have nice students helping me out. I am so happy.

At the end of this day, I took off my mask to drink water in the hallways. One of the last few students leaving school smiled at me and, with much enthusiasm, said, “Ms. You’re so pretty!” Yes, I am still one of the few teachers at my school who wears a mask in the classroom. I don’t necessarily care if I personally caught COVID-19, but I would hate to spread it to my more vulnerable family members that I see weekly. This student’s compliment really warmed me up, since I’m not someone who wears makeup and do not think I am super attractive on the typical beauty scale. This was a student I had in my reading decathlon club last year and she already told me to “sign her up for this year too” already. Too bad, she is not a student in my 8th grade classes.

It’s my 6th YEAR TEACHING! 😱😱I past the 5 year test! So, far I am off to a good (but a very physically draining) start, but it is still the “honeymoon” stage where most students have not shown their “true colors” yet, though there are a couple of students who are already pushing the boundaries. But with good foundations and routines in place, I have high hopes that I can stretch this honeymoon period longer than last year! 🙏

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4 thoughts on “A Slice of Life: A quick snapshot of my first week back to school, #Year6

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  1. Your “quotations” do tell that you have been in this game awhile, enough to know about the honeymoon and true colors. And that you know routines are the keystone to a successful year also shows your confidence in contrast to the fatigue that I can hear in the preceding paragraphs.

  2. Woop woop. Sounds like _the_ vocation for you, eh? Congrats on being in it for six years. And what a wonderful thing to hear when students compliment you. And I hope this career continues being rewarding for you, because you deserve it!

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