I heard someone once say, that teachers always know when the next lot of holidays are. That is so true. It is ten weeks until the winter holidays. But we have ANZAC day this Tuesday and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June first.
I got home yesterday and crashed on the bed for half an hour before I could do anything. It hurt to even think. There is research out there that says teachers make a lot of decisions every day. I felt like I had blown my weekly total.
I have a totally different class from last term. At the end of last term, I had ten students who were staying for this term so I thought I had a chance of retaining some of them. Nope. Not one. We had a huge influx of very young students and all of the older students moved up to other classes.
I now have 13 different students with five from the class below me and one from two classes below me. I have seven brand new students including two gorgeous little identical twin girls, with very similar and hard for me to pronounce names. So the process of starting with teaching routines, procedures and expectations begins again.
I haven’t done any more of my writing course this week other than to submit my assignment on Tuesday, for which I did really well.
things people I am grateful for this week include:
1 – My husband – who allowed me to ‘crash’ on the bed last night, before I could even think straight.
2 – My mother-in-law – who comes down and helps get the kids to school most mornings and does my washing and ironing for me.
3 – My mother – who came and took the kids on a long bike ride and picnic on Monday which enabled me to get the house cleaned before school started.
4 – My teaching partner – who is also in shock along with me over how young our classes are. She’s great to bounce ideas off and for the most part we think along the same lines with what we need to do with our classes which helps with consistency at school.
5 – The soy-chai-latte maker – I grabbed a soy chai latte on my way home from work on Friday as I had a ripper headache and couldn’t just go straight home. Sometimes it can be like going from the frying pan to the fire. Anyway, this barista served me a soy chai latte and a complimentary hazel-nut chocolate. Yum.