Saturday, September 10, 2011

The First Week

After going to bed at 8 o'clock last night and sleeping for almost 12 hours, I am now almost coherent enough to put together a bullet list of notable observations from my first week of student teaching at a very large, urban middle school.

* Getting up at 5 am every day is a lot harder than I remember it being.

* Middle school kids are AWESOME. And very funny, I have a hard time not bursting out laughing at least six times a day.

* Teachers work their asses off. I always knew this but now I've seen it first hand.

* Kids love a routine and settle in to one very quickly. It takes us adults a little longer though.

* It is possible for jeans to stay at thigh level - with the help of a belt - but it makes the boy wearing them like that walk funny.

* I need to figure out a system of making sure everything at home gets taken care of. Until that happens it is going to be a little hectic around here.

* When I walk in the door at any time from 3:30 to 7:30 at night I am exhausted and I don't even have any homework from my own program to do yet - not sure how that is going to work.

* My kids are awesome. They're getting their chores done, getting themselves off to school, fixing dinner, daughter is a great shuttle driver for her brothers, and I'm very proud of them for taking care of business without me standing around telling them what they need to do.


Jason, as himself said...

I hear you. But you can do it! Good luck with everything. Especially that part about being so tired that you don't even have enough energy for your own homework!

ChiTown Girl said...

You survived the first week. Yay!! That tired, beat down feeling? Yeah...get used to it. I don't mean it in an "I'm trying to scare you" kind of way. I just mean it in a "teaching is fucking HARD work" kind of way. So, to those assbags who think we have the easiest job in the world, cuz we only work part time and get every holiday off and have summers off, etc...I say, "Screw you!"

Oops, sorry. For a second I forgot this isn't MY blog. Please forgive me.