Today was my 10th first day of school as a teacher. Last night I posted on Facebook that I had a lot of anxiety about school starting. My friends are wonderful and gave me a lot of encouraging words to sleep on.
I am pretty sure I had gotten myself worked up over MAP test scores. Yesterday, during our staff meeting, we went over MAP scores for our building. Every grade and every subject had awesome scores- all above the state averages for proficient and advanced scores.
That is except 8th grade math- the subject I teach. (There are 7 sections of 8th grade pre-algebra and 2 sections of 8th grade algebra. I teach 6 of the pre-algebra sections.) These scores were lower than the state averages and were a drop from the prior years. I took it personally. I have poured over the data in the last 24 hours and tried to figure out why this happened and how I can improve. I need to get over it and move on. It put me into a funk going into my first day that is not worth it.
Then I woke up with a swollen and bruised eyelid. Apparently I got into a fight in my sleep or something. Not a great way to start the day. (update- the swelling has gone down but the eye still hurts)
My classes are great. My numbers are low and my kids seem really good. We had a great time learning appropriate bathroom and hallway behaviors. The kids are really buying into our new (to us) PBIS program.
This is going to be a great year!