Usually doing a countdown means you're excited about the upcoming event. In my case, it simply means the end of my summer. And as always, I'm not ready for my summer to come to an end. Teacher inservice/professional development begins three weeks from tomorrow.
I am ready to see all of my school friends and to find out how their summers have been, and honestly, I am excited about seeing my new group of students. Who will I have? What will my classes be like? Even though those things excite me, getting up at 5 AM, standing on my feet on concrete floors all day, and talking until my voice hurts do not excite me. After a couple of days, I'll be used to talking and using my "teacher voice" so my throat won't be tired, and after about a week, I'll be used to being on my feet all day, but never will I EVER get used to getting up before daylight. For the first couple of weeks after school starts back, I'll crash and be in bed by 7:30 or 8:00 every night.
We haven't gotten our official schedules yet, but one day when I was working in my classroom, I managed to catch Mr. Reyes and ask him if he had any idea what classes I'd be teaching. He told me I'd have English 11 and 12 and maybe another remediation class. (I was hoping for ALL English 12, but I don't mind English 11 or remediation.) He looked at the tentative schedule and told me it looked like I'd have three English 12s, planning, and an English 11 each semester, but until he and Todd had the classes on the master board with the student numbers, he couldn't be certain. That's where the "maybe remediation" comes in. Whatever my schedule is, I hope I have all of one course before I have to swap gears for another course. One year, I started out with English 12, swapped to English 11, and then swapped back to English 12 with only a five-minute class change between.
I need to use these next few weeks to look at my plans for this year and to look over my PowerPoint presentations to see which ones need revising. I did a lot of revising back in the spring when Ashley was teaching, so I really shouldn't have much to do, especially with the English 12 material.
Guess that's it for now. John and I need to get busy cleaning off the front porch. Yuck!
Have a GREAT day!