Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Song-osity: 8 to 3:45

Workin' 9 to 5 what a way to make a livin'
There's {no} better life...

And we're off. Back to school, work for me. The life of a teacher means the traditional 9 to 5 is more like 8 to 3:45.

The first few days have been fantastic. Getting to know each other, learning the ins and outs of third grade, building routines, creating and signing classroom contracts, thinking about our hopes and dreams, and lots of time exploring the room.

Each day has been smoother than the next. AndI know, I'll blink and it will be Thanksgiving, and the year will be flying by. Of course, some days as a teacher are long and hard, but knowing I am responsible for shaping these 41 children during the precious hours they are in my classroom makes the time spent planning and prepping and the days where I don't sit down until lunch so worth it.

I cannot wait to see what this year holds, the adventures we will have together, the discoveries to be made.

And while I may hear it close to 800 times a day, hearing a sweet voice say "Ms. Benjamin" makes teaching the most rewarding way to make a livin'

also...going to do a better job at promoting my Monday link-up!
come join the Good.Random.Fun. each Monday, right here!

16 thoughts on the matter:

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Love that photo of them signing their contract in the hand prints!! Such a cool idea! I'm so glad your year has gotten off to a great start!

Anonymous said... {Reply}

Hey Tamar,
I actually turned the laptop upside down to read the contract. :)
It makes MY heart sing to hear you speak of your love of teaching. My husband is a school bus driver -responsible for 41 lives in traffic. The kids LOVE him because he is interested in them, talks to them, laughs with them. Thank you both for loving what you do.
xo, m & jb

Claire Justine said... {Reply}

Aww looks like a great school day :)

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

Such lucky kids! It sounds like it's going really well!!

Party of 5 said... {Reply}

lovely...lucky group of kids.

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

Oh Tamar- I'm so happy for you. This change has turned into such a blessing. Hugs!

Kim said... {Reply}

It's fun to see your classroom come to life with students in it! What a blessed group of 3rd graders!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said... {Reply}

So wonderful to seeing all this kids on the floor , learning and having fun! 41 children in one class, is that the average number? The highest we have is 24 children per class ( International School). It is heartwarming to read about the love you have for your work.

Jackie McGuinness said... {Reply}

A perfect choice for this week!

Pieni Lintu said... {Reply}

Nice shots! :)

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Oh wow, 41?! That's a big class. You are right, though --in a blink of an eye, the year will zip through. :)

barbara said... {Reply}

Zoe will start kindergarten in less then a week and this will be the beginning of the "school route"... You teachers have a big responsibility towards these young little men and women and I have maximum respect for your job!

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

That's a big class and I know you will be up for the challenge! looks like you are off to a great start! (o;

Kmcblackburn said... {Reply}

I adore that shot from above of the kids all working on the class contract! Thanks for linking up to Song-ography.

Unknown said... {Reply}

Teachers rock!!! hope you have fun this year!

Ida said... {Reply}

Wow you have 41 kids in your classroom. I seriously hope you have helpers. Here the classes are pretty small. Coleen's class has 28-30 kids at the most. You sound like a wonderful teacher though as I can read the love you have for teaching through your writing and photographs.