I am trying to set some routines for my class that are MY routines and not just this weird third-party report of what someone else's routines once were.
I love my job.
It is very very strange, however, to have been trained in by a long term sub... who may only have had a few days of overlap with the last person and who knew that she did not plan to stay beyond the four weeks. (She stayed five. I couldn't start soon enough).
Teaching gives me focus. And when I am not teaching, I am not focused. When I first stayed home (attempting the true "stay at home mom" status. the parental equivalent of veganism) with my oldest it wasn't long before I started making color-coded baby nametags for the other babies in our Early Childhood class. So you could tell by looking at them who was born in the same month.
I told one of my students today that I loved my job. They said, "Of course you love your job. You are a teacher." They said this with much disdain. And couldn't quite believe that there were people who would not enjoy teaching. Ha!
Wouldn't it be lovely if this blog that began as a "Kicking Depression's Ass" blog and then turned into a "Living with Effing Bipolar Disorder" blog turned into a "Teaching English Language to Newcomers" blog?
The one down side of teaching really is the change to the family schedule. At the moment everyone needs to work around my schedule, which means that my husband now has to work later than he used to. That will likely change next year when we don't have a child starting school at 9:00.
I guess that as a teacher, we are pretty much stuck working around my schedule. And as dismissive as I am about people who say that teachers have three reasons for becoming teachers: June, July and August... I am looking forward to not working this summer if at all possible so I can do things with my children who will be out of school. (Also, it's more like half of June and half of August if you want to be accurate. So perhaps we just have two and a half reasons.)
Grateful Crap: ripe pears
almost enough sleep
p.s. I really do need to schedule with the OFP. Haven't seen her since forever. Some time in November or December.
Quaker, teacher, parent,