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First week of school: 1st vs 2nd year edition!

School has been in session for students since last Thursday, and I’ve found myself in a state of shock in regards to how different the start of school is as a first year teacher. So, I decided to make a list of the 10 most obvious differences.

1. Wardrobe
Year 1: Let me max out my credit card on a new wardrobe of teacher clothes before I get my first paycheck!

photo- August 28, 2013. I could've had a personal shopper when I racked up my Macy's charge!

photo- August 28, 2013. I could’ve had a personal shopper when I racked up my Macy’s charge!

Year 2: Oooh! Outlet stores for stores I have credit cards to! I’ll buy a few skirts to compensate my change in sizes since last year! I’ll use the last of my summer babysitting money to pay off my bill and eat ramen.

courtesy of “Bridesmaids”

2. Shoes
Year 1: Even though I’m 5’10”, I’m going to buy “sensible heels” and wear them!!

"Sensible shoes" that killed my feet in a manner of minutes.

“Sensible shoes” that killed my feet in a manner of minutes.

Year 2: These are ugly, but comfortable. I’ll buy 3 pairs of loafers on clearance so that I don’t kill my feet.

"Abandoned Loafer"-  Rev Stan, https://flic.kr/p/6q3tMn

“Abandoned Loafer”- Rev Stan, https://flic.kr/p/6q3tMn

3. Pre-School Year In-Services
Year 1: OMG. I’m going to take notes on EVERYTHING!!! I’m terrified.

Year 2: Eh, they’ll change the state expectations and we’ll have it explained to us at an after-school meeting in a few weeks.

4. Classroom
Year 1: I’m going to have the cutest classroom ever! Everything will have a theme and be adorable! TO PINTEREST!
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Year 2: Cool! I went down from 4 different classrooms and 5 different classes to 3 different classrooms with 3 different classes. I’ll decorate my corner of the room until I decide to go home and sleep.

My Poetry Classroom, complete with a Poet Tree.

My Poetry Classroom, complete with a Poet Tree.

5. School Supplies
Year 1: SO. MANY. FOLDERS. I’ll buy EVERYTHING. I LOVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

Year 2: What won’t the school buy for me? Oh, I’ll buy ALMOST everything. Except dry-erase markers. I have a stock supply from last year.

"dry erase markers" -upsidedownsphere https://flic.kr/p/4riqSF

“dry erase markers” -upsidedownsphere https://flic.kr/p/4riqSF

6. Summer Reading
Year 1: I’m going to order EVERY SINGLE SUMMER READING BOOK on Amazon and try really hard to read them all, and then feel like a failure when I only read 6/12 suggested books before school starts.

Year 2: The students are Sparknoting books for the district wide common assessment. I’ll read the YA Lit books I suggested to my former students and maybe even enjoy them.

7. Other Teachers
Year 1: OMG THEY’RE ALL GOING TO JUDGE ME FOR MY INADEQUECIES AND LOVE OF ZEBRA PRINT AND JUVENILE FASHIONS.

an actual text convo from the night before I went to my first teacher meeting

an actual text convo from the night before I went to my first teacher meeting

Year 2: Meh. Let them judge. It’s what the faculty room is for. I’m gonna drink my coffee and move on with my life.

8. Lesson Plannning
Year 1: HOLY TOLEDO. I have to plan the education for 5 different classes on 5 different subjects at 5 different levels with only a list of suggested texts?!?!

Year 2: I HAVE A STOCKPILE OF LESSONS FROM LAST YEAR!!!! I’ll probably change all of them, but at least I have ideas!!

9. Students
Year 1: They’re going to eat me alive. Must play it cool. No sudden movements. Don’t let on that I’m a first year. BREATHE.

photo courtesy of http://karlininkorea.weebly.com/uploads/2/6/5/7/2657242/1857326_orig.jpg?257

Year 2: Ha. I’ve seen a lot of their tricks before. I’ve got this. I miss my kids from last year though…

10. Overall…
Year 1: I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING AND WHAT’S EXPECTED OF ME AND WHAT THE STATE WANTS ME TO DO. OMG OMG OMG. I’M GONNA STAY AT SCHOOL TIL 7PM EVERY NIGHT AND COME BACK AT 6AM SO THAT I CAN PRETEND I HAVE MY SHIT TOGETHER.

Year 2: I have no clue what I’m doing some days, what’s expected of me, or what the state wants me to do, but I do know that I’m here to make a difference. 6pm is my curfew to leave before I finally head home to grade student work, and I’m allowing myself to sleep in until 4:45 this year so that I get to work around 6:30-6:45 each morning. I’ve got this. Maybe.
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The jig is up.

I was at the beach today when I received a text message from one of my co-workers:

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There’s not really much you can say when an episode you attended of Jerry Springer from almost 2 years ago is airing the week before school begins and students are recognizing your face.

the shot of the tv my co-worker was sent

the shot of the tv my co-worker was sent

The episode was actually about “Backstabbing Brides,” and, in all honesty, it was kind of lame. Since I was on the beach and tv-less, I called my sister, who confirmed that my face appeared clear as day at least 3 times in the last 15 minutes she was able to catch.

The experience of attending a taping of the show left me really angry, but, hey, at least now I have something to add to what else students can Google and find out about me?

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I’m so going to win at Two Truths and a Lie… unless my students are lurking on my blog.

In that case… visit this site instead. AND STOP BEING A CREEPER.