Monday, September 26, 2011

Surviving September- Work

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Ask any teacher and without a doubt they'll tell you that their most difficult months are September and June.  Basically because you are inundated with paper work and bogged down with assessments.  The only difference between the two is that in June you don't mind as much because a long summer is ahead of you. In September there's still 9 more months of work, so it can be a little daunting.  This month I focused on Work for my Happiness Project.  My resolutions were get organized, ask for help, try new things, and work smart.

I've definitely spent a lot of time organizing.  Just taking 15 minutes of a prep, coming in 15 minutes early or staying 15 minutes late, and rarely giving up 15 minutes of lunch can really put a dent in the mess of papers, books, and miscellaneous hodgepodge.  So even though I have a lot more to do, I'm going along nicely.  I always feel like I can work better in an organized, streamlined environment.  I think it will probably take me through October to get it the way I really want it.

I've been making sure to work smart and ask for help when I need it.  Asking for help, proved a lot easier than I thought and I'm lucky that my co-workers are also very close friends of mine so they generally don't think I'm an idiot if I've forgotten something.  I also make sure to offer help when I can.  Although, honestly sometimes by the time I explain what I need help with I could have just done it myself.  I haven't tried anything new yet, but I have some great ideas for projects in upcoming units.

Basically at work in September I felt like I was constantly drowning.  Now I feel like I'm just struggling to keep my head above water, but before I know it...I'll be coasting.
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Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

I feel for you! I can tell this month has been especially hard on my kids' teachers! You are doing great staying on top of it and getting yourself organized! I loved the Happiness Project book but am not sure I've actually implemented it in my own world. I really should!

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