It’s been an exhausting few weeks, trying to get back into the routine of going to school and teaching all day–so you’ll have to excuse my absence from blogging! I always think about getting on my laptop and typing out a post, but I generally feel completely bereft of any brilliance by the end of the day (having been dispensing it in large quantities to my students all day, of course). 😉
School is going well! I’m not really exaggerating when I say that I think I’ve found my dream job. Teaching is always more or less the same no matter where you go…but the school, the students, and the administrators can really make or break the experience. My latest job–so far–is acing all three categories. First, the school. Let me show you around:
And my students–I am really swooning over these juniors. They are the kind of kids that you imagine you’ll be teaching when you’re taking undergrad education classes (until you get out into the world and reality bursts your bubble). So far this year, no one has tried to slash my tires, threatened to stab me, tried to get me fired, or called me a b*%$#.
(True story–those things have all happened to me at some point or another in the past.)
But seriously, even the more minor offenses–throwing a paper on the ground and refusing to do work…being mean to fellow classmates…talking back and disrespecting the teacher–none of those have happened yet, AT ALL. In fact, I’m not totally sure what I’ll do if something like that does happen, because it will be a complete shock, LOL. Are some kids lazy? Sure. Do I have kids who forget to turn in their homework? Of course. But overall, I’m teaching some REALLY great kids, and I almost feel like I’m on vacation. I don’t get the normal end-of-the-day stress/panic attack that I used to get when I was teaching in public school, and that is a bonus that can’t really be quantified on a paycheck. In other words….I’m never leaving. 🙂
I’ve got the AP kids, who are so adorably nerdy, reading through The Crucible with outlandish character voices and British accents. I’ve got a group of ridiculous boys (I think of them as “the wolf pack,” because they tend to rove the halls in their herd) who do this silly touching-the-nose-“not”-“it” thing when I ask for a volunteer. I also get free food at lunch everyday, provided to the faculty and staff by the school. And it’s GOOD food–with a daily choice of hot lunch, soup/salad bar, or sandwich bar.
So basically, I just wanted to write a post bragging ad nauseum about my new job. 😛