October 22, 2011

Almost Lost My Joy for Teaching

I started the school year with such wonderful ideas discovered while looking at blog after blog this summer.  But here it is almost November...and I am back to my old boring routine.     

I sit here pondering what happened to all of those awesome ideas that my head swarmed with.  Oh my goodness, they are scattered everywhere on my computer.  Hundreds (if not thousands) of ideas saved on my  computer...pretty much the biggest computer mess ever, it would make your head spin.

This ultimately left me with several questions.  Am I just a big failure as a teacher?  Is it impossible for me to change?  Am I too set in my ways?  Do I just need to give up?  Blah...blah..blah...

Somehow along the way, I noticed I was beginning to lose my joy for teaching.  I realize now that I just simply overwhelmed myself with so much STUFF!!  So...for now, I am going to continue to teach the way I know how.    I want my joy back!!!

No longer do I feel that I want to implement all of the Daily 5, Math Work Stations, etc. Maybe there are superteachers out there and they are able to change it all at once.  But me, I’m backing up and reevaluating what I need to do to make myself a better teacher – but just as important what I am doing to reach my kiddos.  


  1. I'm right there with ya! I wanted to implement all of these wonderful new ideas - but couldn't. I have a challenging group that leaves me no time to try out all of the new stuff. So, like you, I have decided to do what I know how to do. If I find something cute along the way and think I can implement it, then I will. But if I don't I am not going to feel bad about it. I know I am a good teacher and I am sure you are too. So here is to getting your joy back, doing what you know how to do and doing it without guilt! Good luck!
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  2. Oh, I hear you. Every year I try to change things up ('cause it's good to grow and improve) but I always try to do too much. I think it's best to stick with what you know you're good at ... and then just add some changes here and there when it feels right. Don't wanna lose that JOY:)
    Take care.

    Grade ONEderful