Nerves need to subside

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  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    I am extremely nervous about tomorrow. Sometimes you can plan so very well... and then it crumbles. Please tell me I'll be ok... :) I planned the first two weeks, and it's my fourth time going at this. At the same time, though, I feel like something will come along that I won't be able to solve. Please... tell me that this honestly goes through everyone's head and I can stop worrying like I am. :unsure: :hugs:
     
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    YOU NERVOUS??? I am sure that you are, but you really have no reason to be. Your room is incredible, and you are a creative, engaging, and with-it teacher. Any student would be fortunate to be assigned to your class! Maybe the nerve thing is a good thing. Maybe it is part of what keeps us on our toes -- we look at something more than one time, and try to look at it in different ways. The students can only benefit from your nervousness, Ms. Jasztal!
     
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    I guess so. But yes, I am very much the nervous type. :woot: I just made my bed and am planning on resting for the night. I never sleep the night before school begins, let me tell you about that!!
     
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    You are going to be amazing!!
     
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    Maybe I should print out your comments on cards and pull them out when I'm feeling unsure. Haha. :)
     
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    I can tell from your posts and website that you are an amazing and dedicated teacher! You will have a great year! You have worked very hard and it will show as you see the progress in your students.
     
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    I think I am mainly nervous because I have known about half my students since 1st and 2nd grade... I don't want them to get TOO comfortable on the first meet... :)

    Then there are those I simply don't know...

    And last, I THINK I have the book The Frightening, Dark, and Shaky First Day of Fourth Grade that I wrote at school, but I'm not sure. :huh: I saw it when I was unloading stuff... maybe I just need to calm down.... I went in today, but it was way too hot and I wasn't focusing on THAT at all...
     
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    OK........Deep breath...... and again.

    While everyone goes through some form of back to school jitters, let's put things into perspective.

    The kids you're teaching are in 4th grade, the same age as my son. As a mom, I can tell you: as long as my son comes home on the right bus (and my 4th grade, that's easy), has had lunch (by this age they know enough to speak up if they've forgotten it) and not in tears (hasn't happened yet :) ) --- we can find a way to work around everything else.

    So relax... you're a pro at this!

    Enjoy your first day!
     
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    Sure: why not?

    Ms.J, I'm not going to tell you you're being silly to feel what you're feeling, because you're feeling it. Just please treat yourself as kindly and gently as you'd treat one of your fourth graders who's in a comparable situation and feeling comparable things.

    (You were a gifted kid, am I right?)

    And have a huuuuuuge hug.
     
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    Well, now it's a little late, but I hope things went great today! If we can tell from reading your posts and seeing pictures of your classroom that you are an amazing teacher, just think of how much more the kids in your classroom will be able to see that first hand! -And I think kids are like bugs...they're more scared of you than you are of them!:lol:
     
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    Hey Ms. Jasztal,

    Don't forget to tell us all about the first day! I'm excited to hear how it went!

    Jessica
     
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    Even seasoned teachers get butterflies. They began for me back in 1979 and reappeared every year! I know things will go well for you!
     
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    Annual migrations: The swallows return to Capistrano in the spring, and the butterflies return to teachers' stomachs in the fall...
     
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    Too Funny! :lol:
     
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    I was a bundle of nerves until I met my cooperating teacher -- we get along famously! (It helps that we are both "old", LOL!)
     
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    The first day was not my best, but by today (the fifth day), they learned a great deal about respect and have really faced some interesting challenges, like getting out of specials and being dismissed at the same time. They also had to gather in the rain at recess to go in while 20 other classes were inside. And last, well... I never found my story, and I had to do something else. Eventually, we'll look at it because it means a lot to me. :)

    It's going to take a while with the procedures, but I've gotten a lot of academic expectations covered, and the papers have gotten better in the last few days. Smart kids who really tried doing the minimum learned they cannot do that and get top grades in fourth grade.

    Besides that, we had a good time getting to know one another. I think they will become better writers over time. :) I have a lot of hope for them!! I hope your kids are doing ok, too. :woot:
     
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    I am so glad that things are getting better! We have an interesting mix of 3rd graders this year. Most of them have horrific handwriting (something we will work on), and some of them still like to play instead of listening. The worst problem seems to be getting them to pay attention! We can give them the simplest of directions, such as "Copy the sentence that is written on the board into your notebook." Immediately after they are given that instruction (this actually happened), three or four students will turn to me and ask, "What are we supposed to do?" Aargh! It wouldn't be so bad except that it happens at least 5 times a day! Mostly, though, we have been working on procedures. How to come in in the morning and what to do, how to walk in a straight line in the hall, how we do bathroom breaks, etc. Poor kids, I really feel sorry for those of them that are really trying! The ones who would rather play are costing the entire class. Tuesday, the entire class had to go up and down the 3rd grade staircase (we are on the 2nd floor) FIVE times because they couldn't do it quietly and in a single line! Oy, my aching knees! Luckily, I had to escort a handicapped student in the elevator that day! We just watched and empathized.
     
  19. Ms.Jasztal

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    I have a little of the same thing with the listening- I have a few who may rather play than talk, from what I've gathered... I hope I can do my best with them to improve.
     
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    Don't we all know it!!! I ask teachers at my school all the time, "Does this EVER get any easier?" And the seasoned ones look at me with a knowing look and say, "Of course not!". We are all jittery the first day and the night before, well, let's not think about it. I have one more day to feel peaceful!!!:huh:
     

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