Sunday, June 30, 2013

The REAL Phases of a First Year Teacher

Phases of First Year Teachers
We've all seen that graph. You know, the one that tells us about the roller coaster first year of teaching. I'll admit, I read (okay, skimmed) a couple of articles all about my imminent disillusionment phase before I started. It all sounded fine and dandy with the scientific and professional jargon, but let me break this thing down for us and tell you what it's really like.

May: "WOO HOO! I graduated! I'm going to change the world" (after this summer of CONSTANT FUN of course).
Am I the only one that this happened to? Don't worry, my friends took care of me and yelled out my name correctly. :)
Summer: Pinterest Pinning Spree - "I'm going to have such a cute classroom. I have all of these great ideas for about 7 different grades, but I really, really want to be in ____ grade." Actively applying to every single job that is posted and taking every interview that is offered to me.

Later in the Summer: "WOO HOO! I have a job! I've got a million things on my To Do list, but I am so excited to do great things. I'm going to change the world!"
No, no I AM going to change the world.
August-November: "Oh crap, what did I get myself into?" This begins the constant state of anxiety. There is no time for ANYTHING! You wake up early, go to work, come home, do work, go to sleep (maybe) and repeat. Wait, did you remember to eat dinner? (Not always).


Thanksgiving Break: THE REVIVAL - Something about that turkey and stuffing gives a burst of delightful rejuvenation.

Post Thanksgiving: "Okay, I'm doing alright. I haven't lost or seriously injured any children yet (hopefully). I can make it through the next few weeks! It'll be great, I've got fantastic ideas for engaging my kids until break!"

Winter Break: It's a miracle, we made it! 2 weeks of pure, relaxing bliss!
              Week 1: "I'm not even going to think about school. I'm just so happy to be home relaxing. I'm going      to sit on my couch and eat and drink and watch Ellen all day."

            Week 2: Lesson plans, grades, Pinterest ideas. Schoooool is coming!
January and February: Why do these two months exist? I'll tell you, to torture us! It becomes very questionable as to whether or not we'll make it through the year. Everyone is driving everyone crazy.
Only, this was a conversation that happened in my mind. 
March: SPRING BREAK! This has taken on a whole different meaning than what it meant last year in college. Catching up on sleep is WAY more important than going out.
If he says it's okay, then it's okay.
April - May: OH MY GOSH Standardized Tests are coming. Okay, okay, we'll review. No big deal. Until you realize your students are remembering NOTHING about ANYTHING. PANIC PANIC PANIC!

June: *Collective sigh* I made it. No students were seriously injured, lost, or harmed. We all made it through the year! If you're like me, you may even shed a few tears at the little stinkers leaving.

There you have it. The reality of teaching. If we're lucky, we get to start over again in a couple of months.


  1. This is fabulous! I love the humor (and the truth) in it! :) I am a 15 year veteran but I remember these exact feelings and still have them from time to time. I pinning for a few friends that I know will need this soon enough! :) Great post. I'm following via Bloglovin. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. I'm glad you can connect with my feelings! Makes me feel better about the craziness. Thank you so much for sharing and following!


  2. This is too cute! I felt the same way, as this past year was my first year. I'm also an NC teacher! What grade do you teach?

    Sixth Grade Tales

    1. Thank goodness for another 1st year teacher blogger. We made it! :) I'm heading over to follow you now. I'm with 5th graders teaching Math and Science.


  3. Yay! Your first year is over :D I bet you are an amazing teacher and I'm so proud of you for all that you do! Miss you :D

  4. Hey there! I absolutely am in love with your blog! I can tell you've put a lot of work and dedication into it and so I have nominated you for the Liebster award! :) I have attached the link to my blog to find out how to accept the award! It is awarded to inspiring and fabulous blogs that are new to the community as a warm welcome and a chance to meet and network with many other blogs! :) I hope that you will accept! :) Keep up the inspiring work!
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    Lindsay Rodriguez @ Just Keep Teaching

  5. Hi Liz! I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Stop by my blog to find out what it is all about!

  6. I loved this post! I am currently in my last semester of classes before student teaching in the spring! I just found out last Thursday where I will be student teaching and in what grade. I am very excited to be one step closer to having my own classroom. I like how you laid out the school year in this post with the excellent pictures to go with. I believe that your first year of teaching sounds very realistic to how first year teachers feel no matter what state they are from. What advise would you give to a student that is ready to start student teaching in the spring?