Today is Hannah’s due date and yet I’m still pregnant…to say that I have officially hit impatient would be an understatement. I am beyond ready to hold her in my arms instead of in my belly. I want to see her daddy’s face as he kisses her the first time and her grandparents as they take on a new title in life. I am anxious, emotional, and tired. But I know she is healthy where she is (and quiet) and that she will be here in God’s timing (He is still trying to teach me to let go of my need to control…I’m stubborn 😕).
Since finding out I was pregnant, and having the doctors confirm my due date (August 6), I have had a few nightmares, but one has reoccurred too many times to count. My water breaking as I’m meeting parents and students at open house. That may seem silly, but it has been my struggle. I have known since week four that at week 39 I would endure open house and the first week of school. For some reason the idea of the first week of school is less scary of a time for my water to break than open house.
Last night was open house…and I survived my nightmare, or I guess my nightmare never occurred in real life! I’m so excited/relieved! As I met my 25 fifth graders and several of my teaching partner’s students as well, I was thrilled at how well they handled my very round belly and the fact that my due date is Saturday. Sure, at the end of the night my feet hurt, my back ached, and all I wanted was to lie down and sleep…but I would consider the night a HUGE success! Especially since my water didn’t break.
Each summer I am asked this question by multiple people. I don’t know that I have ever taken the summer off, or that any teacher does, but this summer has some new items on the to-do list.
I guess number one on my list would be growing a baby. Hannah is a very active baby for most of the day which lets me know she is healthy. I know much of my summer will be spent getting her room ready, going to doctor’s appointments, and daydreaming about what she will look like.
I also am doing a great deal of prep work for becoming a fifth grade teacher. Reading standards, finding resources, making power points…the list continues. The hardest part of this is I am having to do this AND get my long term sub plans ready. I still don’t know who will be my long term sub, but I hope to have it figured out soon.
- Kevin’s rehearsal dinner/wedding
- Doctor’s appointment
- Youth party
- 3D/4D ultrasound
- Long term sub plans
- Count Hannah’s kicks
- Fifth grade power points
- Take a tour of the labor/delivery wing
- PBIS presentation
- Put together Hannah’s room
What about you? Any big plans for the summer?
Today was the last day of school. This concluded my fifth year teaching and begins my official transition to fifth grade. It was very bittersweet.
I love third grade! The age of the students, the content taught, and the lightbulb that comes on right after Christmas break each year.
I adore the women I work with in third grade! I could not ask for a better group of people to show me how to be an amazing teacher. They have been my friends, work-moms, big sisters, allies, and role models. These are women who lift me up in prayer and surround me with love. I will miss being with them all day everyday.
But today, I must begin to prepare for new friends in fifth grade. I need to start wrapping my head around the maturity of 10 and 11 year olds. The content will be refreshing and make me work harder at preparing to teach-which I find fun.
So, goodbye third grade. You will be missed. Hello, fifth grade! Let’s do this!
School is coming to a close, and for many teachers that means reflecting on their year and looking forward to teaching a new batch of students in two months. Typically I sit around and think about how I could be a better third grade teacher, but this year I am thinking You’re moving me where? You want me to be a fifth grade teacher? You do remember I am having a baby three days after school starts back??? Yep, that’s right…my five years in third grade are ending and I am beginning a new chapter in fifth grade.
To say that I am overwhelmed would be an understatement. With a move like this comes a HUGE list of things to do before August.
- Sort out my stuff from the school’s third grade stuff
- Pack up my stuff
- Move to new classroom
- Find fifth grade stuff
- Print new standards
- Research new standards
The list could go on forever!!!!
On top of a move to a new grade level, some how my principal thinks I should be a grade level chair person…WHAT?!?
We have spoken. I have voiced my concerns. He says he still thinks that he has made the best decision for his school…so here I go…off to 5th grade…as a grade level chair.
The only positive to this entire transition is that my teaching partner (we have been together 4 years now) is also headed to fifth grade with me. We are moving as a unit and I LOVE that!!!
So my life is becoming more interesting as Hannah’s arrival is approaching…but I am excited to still have a job (doing what I love), be remaining with my teaching partner (whom I love), and be trying new things!!!