Well, everyone, week 3 has ended with my students at Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania Charter School. I am teaching 4th and 5th grade Science and Social Studies. I have 81 students, 9 periods in each day that consist of 40 minutes each. I have a home room of 21 fifth graders who love to have jobs and to help me every day. It has been comforting to know that they enjoy learning, school, and being a part of a community. All have come to school with smiles on faces.
Every day’s schedule is different; every day has shown me unique challenges. Learning to fit within the existing parameters of a teaching team has been challenging. But getting to know all of my fabulous colleagues at school has been so fun.
I have also really enjoyed the students so far. All of their messy, loud, and loving ways that they show me they care about learning and growing every day has brought so much joy into my life.
Consequently, maintaining balance is always hard. And something I personally struggle with. Finding time to reflect has fallen by the wayside in these first few weeks. I will try and do a post at least once a week. I am feeling fairly close to ready for next week already and need to spend some time on self-care this weekend. 💅
Here are some photos of these first few weeks.