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Old 09-13-2018, 06:44 PM
 
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Yes, first year can be really tough. Breathe, and try to get some exercise and sleep, first. Then, make a list of the areas you feel are bogging you down. If you can identify those, it'll be easier to tackle them (one or two at a time), and people here can give suggestions. Also, give yourself credit for what is going well; I'm guessing there is more than what you're thinking.
First graders are really needy in the beginning. Take lots of time to practice procedures and giving positive feedback. Keep things simple; one direction at a time, until they can succeed with multiple steps.
My first year, I lost 12 pounds, slept little, had an anxiety attack (first ever), and didn't enjoy much. I did like the kids and had some support from my mentor. As the year progressed, it did get better.
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