After almost completing two weeks of school, I feel as if I've already been working for a month. It's amazing how quickly everything swings back into motion:
I was greeted on the first day with an unavoidable need to argue and completely disrespect me as a teacher. I was a bit disgruntled because I came back with such a positive attitude, and they came back with their fists raised (not in a form of solidarity, but ready to spar)
I am reminded by the New teacher project that I must focus on the positives and the accomplishments so far. Well, the students are excited about reading, they are totally enthralled with the drug and alcohol drenched memoir of Noah Levine, Dharma Punx. It makes me excited that students are so excited about a book. I just hope they are able to dig deep enough to get the true messages of redemption and self integrity woven into the narrative.
We have a new teacher who is very excited to collaborate and work on creating a backpacking/outdoor club with me, which I have wanted to do for awhile.
I started the New Teacher Project today and will be able to share ideas with other teachers from around the county.
The new students have a much deeper understanding of respect and have been absolutely positive in their interactions with me.
So really, things aren't all that bad. There is potential for greatness this year.