Friday, August 17, 2007
My first three days back with the kids at school.
This year I'm teaching three 8th grade Social Studies classes, one 8th grade Remedial Math class and a Study Skills class (whatever that is). The kids all seem nice, but it's still in the "Honeymoon" period when they are still on there best behavior. My Math class is low and full of some knuckleheads that I'm going to have to keep my thumb on, but it'll all work out. I'm sure they'll be my favorite by the end of the year. why do I always seem to like the Knuckleheads most. I'll struggle with the Study Skills class since I never studied in school myself. How do I teach something that I've never done? We have a new Vice Principal, I'll have to wait and see how she works out. Our last VP that left was a disaster. Ryan's given up on blogging and that's a disappointment, so I have no friends that blog. It'll make it hard to keep posting when I have no one to talk to about it. Steve Oster, my friend and teammate last year left Palm Middle School to teach Science in Riverside, that makes it difficult because I have no one my really to talk to about problems at school. Ryan is a great guy, but he's not married with kids and alot younger, Hopefully he'll understand.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The first to days of the new school year.
Frustration and disappointment are the two words that have best described my first two days of school. The kids haven't arrived yet, they start tomorrow, but things are already a mess. Nothing seems organized and no one seems to understand that we need time to plan and prepare to teach. Both mornings have been filled with useless meetings that don't accomplish anything, but to frustrate me and cause me to get angry. I'm just going to have to let it go.
Monday, August 13, 2007
First day of school
I'm up early and getting ready for the first day back to school.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
It's nice to home and yet I already miss my family. I don't know how to tell my parents how much I miss them sometimes. I think my sister knows. My dad doesn't look well and that makes me feel both angry and sad. Sad that he that he can't play with Izzy and I. Angry because I can't talk to him and tell them how much I still need him. My Mom is in good shape and we had some nice walks with Izzy along the ocean. Kim, my older sister was a big help with Izzy and took the pressure off at times. Time for me to sleep. I have to be at work in the morning. Two days of meetings and then the kids show up on Wednesday.
I love my wife very much, it makes me sad that sometimes it's hard to tell her how much I love her and miss her when I am away.
Back from my trip
It was an exhausting flight with Izzy back from my parents. The flight out of Arcata was delayed two hours and I missed my connecting flight to Palm Springs in San Francisco. They booked me on a later flight to Palm Springs on Alaskan Airlines, but that meant I had to leave one terminal and walk 15 minutes carrying a two year old and a carry on bag to another terminal. What a mess! The Alaskan Airlines flight was another 45 minutes late so we didn't arrive in Palm Springs until about midnight. I had been scheduled to be home at 9:30 PM. It was a nice vacation and I'm glad my parents and sister, Kim got to see Izzy.
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