First Day High!

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I wonder how the other preschool teachers all over the world are feeling on their first day of school? I think we all share the same sentiments — it was total chaos!

The night before, I was anxious because it’s the first time I will be handling Nursery students and to be honest, I don’t have any idea how to handle them. I have been teaching preschoolers for 9 years… wait. Nine years??? I didn’t realize I have been a teacher for such a long time now! Guess, I’m really loving this job that much 🙂

Ok going back. So I was anxious because I have been teaching preschoolers for a long time now but this year is the first time I’ll be handling toddlers. And I don’t even know what I will teach them!

Morning came and I had to rush to school because we have to be there at 7:00 am to greet the students and their partners by the entrance. Then 8:00 am came which means I have to be down to my first class of the day which was my nursery class.

As expected, the whole hour was spent trying wiping tears, trying to calm them and trying to keep the children sit down. But they just won’t. A lot of waaaaaahhhhhh and Mommyyyyyy and more waaaaahhhhhs and my morning class ended.

That was the longest one hour of my life.

I’ve got 11 little babies in my nursery class. SOme of them can’t even talk. Good thing I have my assistant teacher and the Vietnamese homeroom teachers as well as the nanny to assist me in the class.

I hope tomorrow will be better. I think I will be hoping for this for the next three weeks until these babies will finally get the hang of the school environment.

My afternoon class was with the preschoolers and they’re just the exact opposite of my morning class. They were calmer and they easily followed my classroom rules and routines. The afternoon went by in a breeze.

Oh well. First day’s done. On to a hundred more days with these little cuties.

I love being a teacher! 🙂

Teacher Orientation: Kind of A Drag… But….

I am a hundred percent sure that it is not only me, but most teachers drag the orientation cum training week.

Don’t get me wrong. I totally appreciate the efforts and the hardwork that our department heads had put on those training sessions, but I just wish they just cut it into shorter times and allot more time for classroom and lesson preps.

Oh well.

But one thing I like about the orientation week in our school is that we get to see our teacher friends from other campuses. It’s like one big reunion. And hey! I got to see my teacher happy crushes, too! Awesomesauce!

This year, we had the training sessions in my campus in Riverside so there’s less warming up for me and my colleagues there since that’s our turf.

And I must say even though I kind of drag some of the sessions which seemed redundant, still I could say I enjoyed most of it and I even got tons of ideas I could use for my classroom this school year.

Being a teacher isn’t an easy job. But knowing I’m not alone in this boat and I have a almost a thousand teachers in our school with me, experiencing the same joys ans struggles I am experiencing as a teacher, totally makes this journey fun and worthwile.

And double whamo for me since I have one of my closest friends here in Vietnam as my co-teacher:)))) Awesome, I know! :))

And yes, I’m pretty sure this is going to be another happy year with this school 😊

Back to School Teacher Blues

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After a month of rest (well supposed to be two months but I worked for the summer camp so it was trimmed down to a month of vacation), I’m gonna be back to work again tomorrow, the 1st of August. And I share with the sentiments of the millions of teachers all over the world who’s going back to work again, I am not yet ready to go back.

Not that I don’t wanna work ever again.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I love my school. I always tell everyone around me how thankful I am to be part of that school.

But…I am just not ready. Not physically and emotionally ready for any back to work stuff.

But tomorrow can’t be escaped. And to sprinkle some positivity, tomorrow should not be dragged.

I should view tomorrow as another blessing because I’m still part of my dream school. It helps to remind myself of that feeling I felt when I finally got offered this teaching job in this school. It helped to motivate me for the first day of going back to school.

Plus! It helped that we got our salary today! Yeehaw! I love my school!

So tomorrow can’t be escaped but it can be enjoyed. Work for now so I can save up and travel more during school breaks.

Cheers to all the teachers who are coming back to school soon!