March Slice of Life

March Slice of Life

My 5th-grade team of 3 feels stuck.

The long winter with little consistency to our schedule due to delays, early dismissals,  days off.

Friday orchestra, band and lessons -sort of a wash.

Fitting in a Skype visit for a couple of  working parents on World Read Aloud Day for the entire grade.

Meetings and meetings and meetings.

Literacy coaching cycles

Watching and giving feedback on my lesson, observing my conferences.

An educational expert coming to confer with our students.

State mandated mastery test for 5th-grade science.

Report cards due along with comments.

Starting a new unit with book clubs for the first time this year.

Starting a final bend in writing

Daylight savings time- feeling the effects of not enough sleep.

Changing the schedule to minimize the impact on our switches.

Carving out the schedule so the math teacher can complete final assessments for math placement next year.

We keep saying we need to have a positive attitude.

We are working on it.

We will soon be in a better place.





About showgem

I am a wife, a mother, a fifth grade writing teacher, a sister, a daughter, a sibling, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, a co-worker, a yoga practitioner, a learner, a reader and a writer.
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3 Responses to Stuck

  1. Ah, sometimes life just sucks the life out of you and that’s what this piece reminded me of. I love how you started with getting unstuck and ended that way too. So many pressures and pains to deal with as a teacher, just trying to do your best and keep everything afloat. I admire your courage to share these thoughts. Thank you.

  2. Lisa says:

    I know just what you mean. I often feel I am gaining momentum, only to become stuck in the mire of “extras”. I know all of that is part of school too, but the disruptions are frustrating. It can be hard to regain the momentum afterwards.

  3. Tara Smith says:

    Whew…I feel this too, especially with all the PARCC tests and the snow days that we’ve had. It’s so hard to get back into the routine of things.

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