I came home a bit deflated yesterday after a somewhat tough day of teaching. I thought deeply about what happened, and recognized the following efforts that require attention.
You can't do someone else's job
Due to a staffing shortage, I jumped in to help, but the reality is that a teacher's job is a full-time job leaving little time to help another without sacrificing your own job's requirements. Today I won't get caught in that trap.
Supports are available for a reason
It's essential to well organize and implement available supports with regard to student learning and well being. Today during our student service meeting, I'll have a chance to review those supports and work with others to make sure those supports are used to help students have a successful, positive school week. When all students are supported well, there's more time and ability to teach all children.
Every class demands a somewhat different focus and routine
It's that time of year when you begin to understand what the class needs to be successful as a group. What worked last year may not work this year. I need to tweak a few routines in order to better organize and teach this year's students--they're profile demands some differences from last year's routine. Every year this is true.