I survived the first day!!!
Not as if I didn’t expect to, but as in I am glad it’s over. I finally slept by 1:30am and had to get up at 5am. This adjustment to the time is rough. Unfotunately I napped for about the last hour, so I’ll likely have a tough time falling asleep today too. It shouldn’t feel so rough, but I am guessing all the new suroundings and the new staff are partly affecting this rough feeling. The reason it can’t really be the amount of time making me feel so wiped out is because I just figured out that I was physically in front of students for ten minutes more this summer when I taught summer school than the number I am now. Plus my day is broken up by a prep, a lunch hour, and a hall duty. My nervousness is truly due to the adjustment of being in a new place.
So the students: They are much like the students I left last spring. Now that isn’t too shocking because I finished last year teaching freshman and now I am teaching sophomores, so it is as if I have followed them through to the high school. The two German classes I have (one level one and one level two) were much quieter and subdued. This could be due to a number of things. 1) The German students have elected to be in that class. 2) The German classes are smaller (19 in level one, 27 in level two, and 30 in each Sophomore English). 3) The English classes are in rooms that aren’t designated as English rooms (one in a Math, one in a Japneser, Spanish, French, and one in a Spanish room).
I need to put together my syllabus, or rather, my class information, objective, classroom rules, and materials needed packet.