Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Year Two: a Blur

After the tumultuous Year 1, I felt hopeful and eager to begin Year Two at another school. I was offered the second grade teaching position at a charter school located in San Diego in the summer of 2012. I was welcomed by the open arms of my administration and the support of my teaching partners. I never worked so hard in my life. It probably explains why I didn't post any blog entries for an entire school year.  To sum up my amazing second year, I wrote this poem:

it holds truth, love, and hard work up
sunsets and rises
handfuls of laughter, heartfuls of commitment
students first, teachers challenged
to be better, to be transformed
to put students first
classroom time ups and downs
all arounds
but always resulting at peace, at success
writing the future
lifelong learners
global commitment
pushing boundaries
creating student rebels to an
unfair education system
push push and push on
knowing that the times you trip
you'll be caught
not just by a hand, but many
deep breaths
deep thoughts
more love
my new family

It is now the beginning of Year Three. 2nd grade. New faces, new ideas, new connections.
I hope to keep you all updated with posts. So far, my new students have been growing steadily into a warm, loving family. We have been building our classroom community and learning how to "be" with each other. Two days down and I'm still wishing there were more hours in the day for me to spend with my students. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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