The new semester has been a whirlwind so far. Two days before classes started up again I got called down to the Principal’s office (ooooooh…) and told that, due to the history department chair leaving, my entire schedule was going to be switched. I had been scheduled to teach three classes of English II (two standard and one honors) to 10th graders, instead I would be teaching one section of standard U.S. History and two sections of A.P. U.S. History. My reaction was as follows: ?
In addition to that lovely upheaval, they also wanted me to move rooms upstairs into the previous teacher’s room. I managed to head that one off at the pass. As you may recall, it took me several weeks to fully move into my room at the beginning of the year and I didn’t intend to try to repeat the process in two days.
All in all, it was a very good switch for me. I am back in the Social Studies department, where my heart truly lies, I am back in my favorite grade level, and I have an absolutely wonderful group of students who are such fun to work with. The move up into A.P., while somewhat exhilarating (you all look so smaaaall from up here), has nearly tripled my workload. I’m having to re-learn large chunks of U.S. History that aren’t in the standard curriculum, and do a ton of preparatory work and grading every night. One of my hoodlums last semester showed me how to get past the school filter to Google images (en espanol!) so I am creating long, picture filled PowerPoints for our “discussions” each day. I have been at school until at least 6:00pm every evening since the semester switch. This would have been nothing unusual during my first year, but in the intervening years I have grown soft and become accustomed to a mere 9 hour workday versus the 11 or 12 hours I am putting in now.
So, for the foreseeable future it is work, work, work, and work some more. I complain, but I love it.
Also on the schedule this week:
Finally finishing and mailing the g$**d#*$ Save the Date cards.
Choosing and ordering the decorations for Prom with my fellow advisor.
Watching someone I went to high school with on American Idol.
Attending our first faculty meeting with the new Principal.
Cleaning my filthy bathroom.
Vaccuming the reading corner.
Finally putting away the Christmas tree. (February? What?)