We officially have seven days down. That means only 173 days to go. Yeah, I think 35 weeks sounds better. LOL
The first week was pretty good. My two seniors classes have 24 and 28 students, I have 17 in my junior class, and 8 in my remedial class. Like always, I get some of those students who have reputations which precede them. Other teachers have talked about how disrespectful and unmotivated/lazy they are. I do my best to put those comments in the far recesses of my mind because I don't want to start out with negative attitudes toward them. More often than not, the students end up displaying the same behaviors I've heard about, but I still try so very hard to smile at them every day and to greet them with a smile in my voice. For some of these kids, we teachers may be the only positive voice they ever hear.
This semester, I have one student I knew nothing about, but within five minutes of her stepping into my room I had pegged her as having a AT. TI.TUDE. (This was confirmed by another faculty member.) She didn't even show up until three days AFTER the start of school because she didn't have either proof of residency or an updated blue card--BOTH of which parents knew students MUST have before students would be allowed to come to school. They've known about proof of residency since, oh, March, maybe. Of the seven days we've been in school, she's been there three and the personality of the class changes accordingly. I have a feeling the next 17 weeks will be a challenge with her.
Every evening, I've come home and crashed. Most nights I've been in bed by 7:30 or 7:45. The older I get, the harder the beginning of the year is. Fortunately, I feel like I've started to adjust. But it is Saturday, so maybe that's why. hahaha
I have nothing else to say, so I'll sign off for today. Maybe it won't take another week to post again. hahaha
Have a GREAT day!
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