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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Hardest Transition of All

I wrote this blog post a couple years ago on my original blog and thought I would rerun it.  I don't think I can say these words better than I did two years ago...they still hold true... Enjoy!

The Hardest Transition of All
Transition is a word we hear often in the world of education.  How we get students from one subject to the next, how we get them to calm down after lunch, getting them back to the lesson after they have discovered that it is raining outside, going from the bathroom to the classroom... and so on and so forth.
What about us teachers?  The hardest transition of all is going back to work after two and a half months off.  Don't get me wrong here.  I am very, very grateful to be in a profession where I can recharge my batteries for an extended amount of time.  It seems the older I get the harder that transition gets.  Getting up, getting ready, getting to school... just being awake, full of energy and spirit, being on our feet most of the day and don't forget those burning thighs after doing a thousand squats to get down to the student desk level.  Here are a few other transition favorites...
1.  getting legs and thigh skin accustomed to bumping into the corner of desks and chairs again, can we say, "Hello bruises!",
2.  the noise level
3.  responding to my last name or teacher (one thousand times a day)
4.  training my bladder to hold it for hours on end
5.  The Hungry Horrors...I always forget how hungry and thirsty I am the first days.
I realize this transition takes time.  I know that in a week or two that I will get back into the swing of things and feel like my "normal" teacher self.
I hope everyone is off to a great start this school year and I hope it continues to be great!


  1. You are so right!!! Many of the teachers in my building have been talking about how hard it is to make it through the first few weeks of school. We know things will get better, but it's hard to adjust.

  2. I love #1! That is so me!! Thank goodness we don't wear shorts to school, all my bruises from bumping into little tables would be visible:-)

    It's All Elementary

  3. Thank you, thank you. I really think only other teachers can relate to the transition that we go through, nice to hear it and also giggle at some of them. Happy back to school!!!

  4. It is all so true! I felt like I had walked through the Sahara by the end of the day. My throat was raw and tired from talking so much. Haha! We teachers have to build up our stamina too. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  5. Love this - and Amanda is right - "We teachers have to build up our stamina too". Heading back tomorrow and will be on the lookout for those desk corners!

    Happy School year to you all!