Last week I got a message from a high school friend who is also an elementary music teacher. He and his colleagues were looking for a classroom to visit during their inservice day, and asked if they could come see me. My immediate answer to that question is always, "sure! come on!" Until that day. Then I am as nervous as a first year teacher. I question my lesson plan. I question my classroom management. I question my sanity.
In my defense, today was our first early release day, before a long weekend, and the weather changed. Oh, and it's Friday. See what I mean? Any veteran teacher will tell you, that is a recipe for craziness. Brace yourself, and have a backup plan.
So I'm teaching my lesson (Hispanic Heritage, music and dance) when my new friends come in. They sit down on the risers (away from the class) and immediately start whispering and pointing. Great for the old self-esteem, ya'll. And the kids..........were GREAT. They loved the lesson, and after we finished dancing I heard several "that was fun!" comments during the transition back to their seats. They sang well, they learned a new song and game, and we all had a fantastic time. Whew! I hope my visitors enjoyed it, but I am pleased no matter what.
Once again I am reminded of how much I enjoy my job. Happy Friday!