Sooo, on top of having one aide out, I needed to find another. In the midst of that dilemma, I also had a couple of classes to take for my alternative certification program. I had online classes to complete for the district. I had several trainings to take--in addition to writing lesson plans, taking data, and getting ready for an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meeting. AND, in the midst of all this
I should also add that I had my formal evaluation during this month. Because I'm a first year teacher, I've been observing other SPED classrooms and I've had a campus mentor observing my class. At one point, I'd had three visitors in my room in one day. Let's just say, I'm glad October is over. It took some time to resolve my first dilemma of finding a new aide, but I am so happy to say that a good friend of mine accepted the position and has already been a tremendous help to me. Things worked out for good.
I passed my classes, completed my trainings, and my formal evaluation came out very well. I took my last teacher exam on Nov. 19th, and I passed it. I'm breathing a bit easier, though I have to admit that I really needed this break.
I'm still very grateful to be teaching. I still love my class. At times, though, I really wish that this job were a bit more manageable. I create most of my classroom resources. It takes a ton of time and money. I've got a stack of tasks needing to be laminated and assembled for my students to use. The bright side is that my students are showing progress. I have high expectations of them, and they are doing so well. I know that a year from now, I'll feel a bit more confident about this position. At the very least, I won't have so many observations of me and for me to do. My first year teacher academy will be over. I'll have compiled a lot of resources and will have completed lesson plans that I can use next year.
If I can just hang in there, I am certain that next year will be better. At least, I hope so!