Aug 26 2010

Every year I forget…

*How tired I am at the end of the day.

*How much my feet hurt the first few days back to school. I am currently sporting 2 blisters and a possible nascent blister.

*How weird it is to have new kids sitting in front of me. Whether I liked last year’s classes or didn’t it is always a shock to the system to see a whole sea of faces that I don’t have names for yet.

*How many papers I have to give out and collect back in homeroom.

*How early 6 am really is.

*How GD annoying administrative and technical screwups can be in the moment. During the summer, from the hazy vantage point of my couch, it all seems merely eyeroll-worthy or amusing (“Ha ha ha, remember that year no one could find extra desks for me and three kids sat on the floor for the first four days of school? Ha ha ha.”) In the moment though, when I can’t check my email, or the server is down, or I have six meetings schuled during a two day period I can’t help but be hugely frustrated.

*How gossipy the campus can be. Rumors are currently flying about a teaching couple getting divorced (not true), another teacher having “knocked some girl up who works at the Hallmarks” (not true), and me being pregnant (most definitely not true).

*How depressed I always feel by the realization that I am starting my content over from the beginning. Again. US History is such a slog and sometimes saying the word “Beringia” makes me want to cry.

*What a sense of embarrassed glee I feel when I know all of my kids’ names before the other teachers on the hall know theirs.

*How exciting it is to have dozens of new ideas for the year buzzing around in my head, with ample opportunity ahead to try them out. This year? APUSH will be meeting Twitter, y’all.

*How cool it is to know what question a student is going to ask and to answer it before the student even has time to get confused.

*How much I enjoy helping other, newer teachers with their room, their pacing guides, their students, their questions.

*How much I like writing Letters of Recommendation for colleges and scholarships.

*How satisfying it is to plan really hard and then teach a great lesson.

*How fun it is to see my old students all dressed up and looking so much more grown up. How great I feel when they flock to my room to say “Hi.”

* How much I really, truly, enjoy teaching sometimes.

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