And finally, on a more serious note, I'm still feeling SO lost in the middle school scene. I know the names of maybe five teachers, I make elementary mistakes daily, and I am still not lovin the whole repeating myself thing. Not to mention trying to keep track of 180 students is a nightmare. I know I'm lucky to have a job and blah, blah, blah, but seriously, I'm lacking my usual passion, and well, that just sucks. I'm trying to build connections with my kids, and I know they are coming, but just at a much slower pace than I'm used to. My desk is already covered with stacks of paper larger than I have EVER had in my years. I guess I just need to remember that change is hard. I was just hoping that in my fifth year I wasn't going to feel less prepared than my first.On the positive side, I broke my habit of writing a 1, 2, 3 or 4 at the top of the tests I was grading (our elementary grading scale) and started writing A, B, C and so on. Sure I looked a tad like a crazy teacher on a few of the early tests, but hey, I'm trying here folks!
Oh, and one more thing, I HATE having my grade book being online and available for parents to see any time they want. I'm getting emails daily from parents asking why this and why that? People, give me until progress notices, which are already due next week, things will all be settled by then. Sheesh.
Parenting note for the future, don't hover.