Thursday, August 16, 2012

And so it begins... And thank goodness for Vistaprint

Have you guys started with inservice meetings yet?  At our school, we have 2 days of meetings, 1 is school focused and 1 is religious focused.  Today was the school focused day and man did it kick my butt!  We worked on scheduling, learned a little about the new math program, talked logistics, etc.  This is my 3rd year at this school and I love it.  When I got hired as their Sped Teacher, I was hired to work 3 days a week.  I was there even on off days to try and stay on top of things and so my second year I took on their Instructional Assistant position as well so that I can be their full time and make some more money too!  Well as we try and add in RTI and skill groupings my schedule has gotten a little out of control and I am a bit extremely stressed out about it.  So much that I actually cried at one point today (in the comfort of my own room and alone, but still) due to teachers getting frustrated with me and wanting me to do things that just aren't physically possible.  Not a good way to start the year but I will get through it!  Oh and I found out that we have already had 3 parents request formal testing for their kids...

After all of that today, I was so unbelievably excited to come home to this...
Yay Vistaprint!!

I am so excited about all of my goodies and I can't wait to use it all in my room!  However, I bought some notepads to use as exit slips and since I now only get to see my kids for 30 minutes, I don't think that I will have time to use them which is a bummer.  But I will make this work, I will make this work, I will make this work! (If I just keep saying it repeatedly, it will be true right?)

Sorry for the downer post but I needed to do some venting and I know you lovelies would understand.  I promise to be more uplifting and provide some goodies again soon!



  1. Hi, Taylor. I'm glad to have your blog. I work in a private Christian school as a reading specialist and literacy coach. I completely understand how overhwelming it can be when there is only one of you. I also have 30 min for each small group. It's like a whirlwind sometimes but I love my students so much! I pray you have a great school year! Lauren

  2. Could they do the exit slips once a week? Maybe something like a review or 1 thing that they learned during the week. I totally understand why you would feel overwhelmed, the first few days go by so quickly as we prepare for the new year.

    Teaching Special Kids

  3. So sorry to hear about your bad day :( But, you CAN and WILL make it! You've got this!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  4. Don't worry - we all (at least I do!) sit at our desks and let out a good cry. You'll do great!

    P.S. Your t-shirt is too adorable!

  5. Sorry you had such a rough day. I've taught more than three years, and I am almost ALWAYS overwhelmed by the schedule and new demands each year. Somehow the schedule seems to work itself out or at least become something you can live with. I think there is just a lot more pressure on everyone - you and the teachers. I hope you all have time for things to settle over the weekend and that it will make more sense on Monday. Sounds like your goodies came just in time. Your guardian angels must have known you would need them today!

  6. The first of the year can be tough - hope it looks better Monday. Sara