Second week of school drawing to a close. So many things to think about, but only two at the top of my head right now:
1. With the exception of the first day of school, I've been able to pull myself away from my classroom by 4:30 PM each afternoon. That said, I still get to campus by 6:30 AM at the very latest. Last week, I got to school at 6 AM...and set off the security alarm. The plant manager officially hates me now.
2. I've been pretty unreliable concerning grading so far this year. Got stacks and stacks of it piled up. I don't remember it being this backed up this time last year. But then, last year, I stayed at school until 6 or 7 PM most days. And I still got there at 6:30 AM.
Two main lessons so far: haters gonna hate, and why do today what I can put off for tomorrow?
But really, other than the stress that each of the above provides in over-abundance, this year is looking pretty good.
Oh wait, I forgot. My students have no decision making skills whatsoever. Even the brighter ones are constantly asking needy, repetitive questions again and again. It's as if they have never been allowed to think for themselves in their entire lives.
Which, when I think about it, they probably haven't.