The first week of school is only four days. But it’s the longest week of the year. I was in bed at 8:30 last night.
The physical and mental energy it takes to do this job is incredible. I feel like I’m at the beginning of a workout routine. The beginning is always tough. You’re getting your muscles and your endurance in shape. When I came home on Tuesday I could tell that I had been on my feet all day. I could feel it in my hip joints.
My prep period this year is the last hour of the day. I haven’t had 4th hour prep in years! I feel like I go, go, go, slam my lunch, go, walk the halls and then crash. The fatigue factor of 4th hour prep is something I remembered, but only vaguely. All I want to do is stare at the wall. Hopefully I’ll get used to it in a hurry. It is nice to be done with my teaching duties at 12:30. But we’ll see if my productivity increases as the weeks go on.
My classes seem pretty good. I’m teaching all Algebra 2 right now. I have my same TA as I did last quarter. He’s a totally awesome kid and he already knows what I need done!
My prep work should be less this year since the Promethean Board is not new. I’ve got all of my flip charts made. I just need to tweak them for this round.
So all in all, it was a good start to the school year. But I’m glad I’ve got the weekend to recover!