Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The first day of school!

I am so very incredibly tired, so I don't know how long this post is going to be, but I figured I needed to update...it's been a while.

Last week I was swamped with work. I went in two days early to take care of department stuff and today I feel like it was a complete waste. I didn't even get to start setting up and planning for my class until Thursday which only left me a couple of hours on Friday. So I ended up doing lots of planning over the long three day weekend. Fun fun! Anyway, I had our "master schedule" for our teachers and aides all set up only to have an admin go and totally change it up today. I don't know why she had me do it in the first place. All the teachers were happy with where they were going and my department was actually somewhat functional for a moment there. Then student schedules got all changed and so did the teacher schedules and every body came bitching to me when I was just trying to get myself and my class ready for the kids that were on their way. All I could say was "I didn't change it, see XYZ, she changed it!" Seriously, what was the point??

On a positive note, I really did have fun teaching again today. I haven't done it in 3 years! It's like a performance. When I'm in the moment, I'm so engrossed in what I'm doing and then when it's all done I can't help but think, "wow, that was freaking fun!" It's exhausting but exhilarating to be up there, especially when you see those faces of total disinterest or boredom change...they start to sit up a little straighter, look at you more, nod their head in agreement. They start to get into it and they don't even know it. Then they catch themselves and realize that they're not looking cool anymore and fall back into act. It's a constant game of cat and mouse. Me always trying to chase down what gets them, what holds their interest. Like I said, it's totally tiring, but totally great all at the same time.

Well, I'm in need of some real sleep. Yes, I know I'm pathetic...it's not even 9 and I'm going to bed, but this lady is beat!


LisaBella said...

Teachers have always been my heroes! I bet you are one of the best :)

Sabrina said...

I know what you mean. I love teaching too. Especially in the moment. It is the best feeling. Glad you are enjoying being back in the classroom even if it means you won't be at playgroup.