It’s finally here, it's happening! I never imagined myself doing something this hard and challenging. Going back to my student years, I remember how excited I always felt about the first day of school. Firstly because I got to hang out with my classmates whom I consider my brothers and sisters, and secondly because I got to know my new teacher. Finally because I always felt so lucky to be part of such an unique school.
But this time was different: now I was excited to know my students. I was excited to come back to such an amazing organization, but this time as a 6th grade teacher. Who would have thought? Not me, that’s for sure! I think out of all my school years 6th grade was the most amazing and memorable year for me. Whether it was because I had an amazing teacher (shoutout to Mr. JB!) or because I remember how committed and patience Mr. JB always was. One of the most memorable moments from 6th grade was our morning journal. I remember Mr. JB playing “Clocks” by Coldplay while we got to choose a spot in the classroom and have time to write in our journals. I miss those days.
When I made the decision to be part of BECA as a teacher for this school year, I was so scared, but I knew I wanted to be part of something special. The first day of training was so hard, I constantly thought, "How in the world am I going to apply everything I am learning into my class?" Creating unit plans and lesson plans was so stressful, and every day thought about what my first day of class as a teacher would be like.
When that day finally came and the clock struck 9:15am, my heart stopped for a minute. This is it, the moment is finally here, its happening. And while I was walking in the hallway on my way to the classroom, I was going through a lot of things in my mind, remembering every training class, going back to my memories from my school years, and remembering the strategies, procedures, and routines I was introduced to. The moment I stepped inside the class everything felt so natural, and I felt like I was in the right place. Looking at the kids, asking for their names, and getting to know them was an unforgettable moment.
Now I feel that I can apply everything thing I was taught during training and now I know how hard that first day of school is not only for the students but also for the teachers. I feel so proud of myself and the rest of the teachers for making it through the first day.
And if you are wondering, yes, I play "Clocks" during morning journal.
Support Mr. Chris and his SMBS 6th graders during BECA'S Back to School fundraising campaign here: https://becaschools.networkforgood.com/projects/33956-back-to-school-2017>