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How to get back on track from a bad year.

Feb 7, 2015 10:20pm

This is my 3rd year-1st year in K-great year! The next 2 have been in 2nd--My first year I had very low kids due to the district podding students by ability--this year I have students that are higher than last years kids- yet about half my class is a mix of esl and sped..basically admin. expects higher on unit assessments yet myself and the support staff that comes in does not see how I am to get there... And I have had great growth from each test this year. I have always had great reviews and felt supported till this year. Since September it seems I have been in a snowball effect and things just seems to keep getting worse! I have felt targeted--so much of what has happened has not made sense to me. I am getting out of this district at the end of the school year and I know deep inside I am a great teacher but my confidence is so beat down I just am not sure how to go about getting it back??

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    • Feb 7, 2015 10:56pm

      I would start with some clear and reasonable goals. What is it that you want your students to get from this year with you? How can you get there? Maybe treating your practice the same way you treat planning a big unit (backwards design, goals first, path second) it will help you prioritize the students learning and your own sanity and feelings of accomplishment.

      • Jun 7, 2015 10:34pm

        Once upon a time, I had a terrific principal who gave me some advice that has made a huge difference in my life and career. I talked to her about my frustrations about teaching (ones similar to yours). She said, "You are focusing on the bad things. You need to look for the good things." It sounds like you are doing that with the children, but maybe you can do that for yourself as well. Perhaps it is time to sit down and make a list: "Ten Good Things about . . ." I know it helps me!