Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Oh. My. Lord.  I am exhausted!  I didn't realize how much teaching today was stressing me out until now.  I'm still taking deep breaths in hopes of calming down.  I can talk in front of a group of students all day long but put me in front of a group of peers and I start going down the dark road of self-doubt and get a bad case tongue tied-ness.  However, it has been my personal and professional goal to GET OVER IT already. 
I've been trying to remind myself of the following:

I figured the best way to get over my fears was to confront them head on.  Baby step number one was facilitating our district book study.  That made me a little nervous but I knew most of the people in the group so it wasn't bad at all.
Today was the BIG STEP!
No one threw tomatoes or booed at all.  I got some good feedback and am excited to try again in August.  That's right.  My classes were so popular that they had to open a second section of both of them in August.

I have to share my freak out today though.  I got to the place early and got busy setting up my computer for my SMART board presentation.  I look at the cords they had and there wasn't a dongle.  I hate that word, but that is what I've heard this thing is called
 It is what hooks my computer to the SMART board.  I tried to use my calmest voice to ask if they had a dongle anywhere.  Nope.  None.  Didn't I bring my own?  
Ummmm...wasn't it enough that I wasn't sweating through my shirt?  I guess not.
I ran to the bathroom and texted my dear friend/coworker Courtney and guess what she did.  She drove her dongle all the way up to the class with her two kids in tow to help me out.  I was almost to the end of my morning class but when she walked in with that stupid little white dongle, I about jumped into her arms.  Hooray for awesome friends and teammates!

Now I am ready to start on the next item on my Summer Bucket List.
Can't wait!!


  1. :)What a sweet thing for your friend to do!


  2. It takes a village! :) wendy 1stgradefireworks

  3. Thank goodness for awesome friends and teammates!

    So jealous you are going to Disneyworld! It's one of my favorite places EVER.

  4. Oh bless your sweet friend! I am sure you did great! I know you are glad it is over.

  5. Congrats on teaching today! I hate speaking in front of adults, so I totally know how you feel! Also...I just read your summer bucket list (I've been a little behind on my blogging and blog-reading) and I'm gonna send you our district pacing guide for math. It is based on the common core, but I like the pacing a lot so hopefully it'll help you out!

    Carolina Teacher

  6. Totally feel you stress! I don't do well in front of adults either. Glad your friend was able to bring you the dongle! And you're right...that is a silly word. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  7. Sara, wow! Congratulations! And what a nice friend! I get really nervous giving presentations, too. Being blind, I can't see the other teachers' faces to know if they're really getting what I'm saying. So I decided to just be really honest, and be myself, and I tell them just to yell out what they think, preferably good things like "I get that!" or "Great job!". And sometimes they do! :) I guess it gets easier the more we do it.

    Your latest follower,

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

    1. For sure! I'm hoping when I teach the classes again in August, it will be much easier :) Thanks for stopping by! I returned the favor and now follow your blog, too!