IT IS FRIDAY!!! Can you believe it? Another week gone by!
Today, I am linking up with Ashley over at Fierce in Fourth for a :
What a great Linky Party idea! We all know that it's not just the kids that get nervous about school starting!
So, now I have to tell you three things that I am jittery about for this upcoming school year. Hmmmmm, I am nervous about a lot of things, but I guess I'll narrow it down:
1. Student Objectives: I know you're probably like, "What's the big deal?", but for some reason I am super nervous. I am one of the few teachers in my building that attended a training called SIOP. It focuses on meeting the needs of second language learners. One emphasis of SIOP is stating and posting language objectives and content objectives. They have to be visable in your classroom and the teacher and students are held accountable for knowing them. At our school, we have never had to visually display objectives. This is something totally new to me. What if I forget to reference them? What if I forget to post them? How do I make the objectives kid friendly?
2. New Teacher Evaluation System: Our district is beginning the Danielson Model. This is basically a four framework evaluation that focuses on planning and preparation, classroom environment, classroom instruction, and professional responsibilities. It is a lot different from our previous evaluation system. There are really some great things about it, but it is going to take a lot of time. I am nervous about having to create a portfolio (which I haven't done since student teaching) and just being evaluated in general.
3. Caring TOO MUCH: Is that even possible? Yes, for me it is. Sometimes, I try so hard to be the best teacher that I can be that I forget about other things in life. I forget about working out, getting enough sleep, or spending quality time with my friends and family. I stress out so much every school year! This year I have to learn to slow down and do what I can. It can be easier said then done...especially when you have such a passion for kids and teaching...
With that being said, I feel a lot better now that I have shared my first day jitters! :)
Now, it's your turn! Go LINK UP!