Thursday, July 26, 2012

First Day Jitters

I am linking up with a fun blog hop that Fierce in Fourth is hosting.  This particular hop spoke to me, as this will only be my second year teaching.  The three things I am most jittery about are:

1. Classroom Management- Not only was last year my first year teaching, but I just had a tough class.  Before the year started I knew I needed to have my management act together and....I thought I did.  Little did I know, I had no idea what I was really in for.  I am still working on exactly how things are going to run in my classroom.  I think it is going to be a blend of CHAMPS and WBT.  Wish me luck!

2. Finding the balance between work and home is stressing my out quite a bit.  My career and family are two things that I want to be REALLY great at, which takes work on both fronts.  Luckily, I have been married for a number of years and my boys are getting older, but I still need to find that balance between being a mom, a wife, and a teacher.

3.  It sounds a little silly, but I am also a little jittery about our daily schedule.  Last year, we didn't find out our schedule for Specials, lunch, etc., until the day before school started.  It made it a little difficult to plan.  Then, I had several days with pull-outs first thing, followed by lunch at 10:50 (yes, 3rd graders with lunch at 10:50 makes for a long afternoon).  A schedule like that made it hard to plan a balanced day.  As I sit and type this, I can have a ton of grand ideas about my day, what I want to do and how I want to do it, but ultimately a lot of that is in the hands of my principal.

I must say though, that even with all of my jitters freshly off my chest and out in the open, I'm still super excited about the upcoming school year.  Now, if I could just get my keys back so I can really start getting my act together.


  1. I found you on the first day jitters linky. I just posted about my classroom management system and it has worked sooooo wonderfully for me. I had a nightmare class my second year, and this even worked for them. Check it out here:

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  2. Hi might want to check out a site called ClassDojo. It is a free, animated tool to use in your classroom for tracking behavior. I plan on using it this year. I am now a follower and would love for you to hop over to my blog and check it out.

  3. Classroom management is the foundation to a successful school year. Mine is constantly evolving even after several years of teaching because every class is different. I am also going to try and use ClassDojo this year. Check out my blog for some other classroom ideas. I am your newest follower.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  4. I have read about and looked into ClassDojo, but just didn't want to go there in the middle of last year. Based on a couple of recent suggestions, including those on this blog, I think I may need to re-visit it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Hi Stephanie. I found you through the first day jitters blog hop, I like your blog. I started very recently also! I hung the mustache poster in my room as well :) I saw you mentioned CHAMPS and WBT. My school is married to CHAMPS (which I don't hate!) and I love WBT. Stop by my blog sometime!

    I'm your newest follower!


  6. Thanks for stopping by my jitters blog hop! :)

    We also receive our schedules right before school starts. I'm the kind of person that can't do any planning without my schedule set in stone!

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth

  7. Hi Stephanie,

    Let me know when you find the secret to balancing home and work! I have two littles at home that I never feel like I have enough time with and a job I LOVE! YIKES! Plus I'm sure my husband would like to spend time with me. he he he!


    Kinder Journey

  8. Hi Stephanie,
    I found you on the blog hop and I'm your newest follower. I'm a newbie blogger and would love for you to hop on over and check out my blog.