The week beginning with August 7th was my first week back for teacher meetings. This week we had three days of meetings, and then started school on Thursday.
I have to say, this was likely the best back to school week I've experienced. I know having a positive attitude helped in addition to the slight changes to what I'm teaching this year. I left school yesterday exhausted yet fulfilled.
I get to teach one section of regular English II for sophomores. It's first block, and they are not fully awake when they get to me. It's almost comical. Second block is my prep, and third I will be working with my Response to Intervention (RtI) students. Fourth block I get to co-teach English II with one of our special services teachers--she's wonderful, and we'll make a great team. Finally, I end my day with fifth block Pre AP Literature. This course is essentially an Honors English III class. I get to work with kids I can push and still teach American Literature.
I'm already getting to know my students, and they're awesome! I've been lucky to see many students from last year--I miss them terribly.
The first two days, we've simply been building community and going over classroom expectations. Monday we have some eclipse activities to do. Then after that, we can get into the real teaching.
Also, Gaby's transition from parochial to public school has been fantastic. Her family (cousins, aunt, uncle, grands) has been amazingly supportive to us with the transition. I can't say enough positive things about TJMS and the staff. It makes the mommy and daddy of a creative, unique, and conscientious girl much more at ease.
This has been an amazing first two days/two weeks to the school year. I can't wait to share what happens next.