The first week of the 2018-2019 school year is complete. The words "teacher tired" are so real. I know everyone is tired at the end of a work week. But "teacher tired" is a whole different level of exhaustion. It's teaching a new group of kids how things work in a new classroom. It's getting everything planned down to the second and realizing you didn't. It's trying old tricks on new kids. It's trial and error and sometimes more error than trial. It's that moment of remembrance that last year's group didn't just walk in the way they ended the year so perfectly ready for the next year. It's a wonderful, brutal week.
It's also a week of reconnecting with coworkers. It's a week of getting to know new ones, too. I work with the greatest people in the world. I would challenge anyone who thinks they have anyone better. Schools are not like any other place to work. It becomes your second family. I'm not saying other places don't become like family, but a school is unique. We are constantly celebrating each other's successes, and building each other up when we have had a rough day. We give each other encouragement and strength. And chocolate. Disclaimer: I'm still not eating sugar and carbs, but an occasional piece of chocolate or a cookie slips in every now and then. I don't care what anyone says, you will always appreciate Reese's cups.
Last week we had a guest speaker that had confetti in his pocket, and he just randomly threw it. He reminded us to celebrate ourselves. Sometimes we need to throw confetti when a student does something awesome. Sometimes we need to throw confetti when the class does something awesome. Sometimes, though, the smallest successes, even by adults, deserve confetti. This week brought some challenges. But it also brought some amazing rewards.
As the week was drawing to a close, I was getting teacher tired. But I got the most amazing pep talk that really changed my outlook and pumped me back up for the week. I had the greatest day ever and so did my kids. At the end of the day, I was pumped! What does Mrs. Musgrave do when she's proud of herself? Did you say confetti? Well, guess what? My boss, Mrs. Gardner beat me to it. She took care of throwing confetti on me, and it made me feel like a superhero.
Moral of the story: Celebrate yourself! Work with people who also celebrate you! Work with people who pick you up when you need it. Oh, and always THROW CONFETTI!