Three days have passed since the first day of school and it has been confirmed: 8th graders are just CONFUSED. I'm not quite sure there is any other way to describe their meandering walk, wondering eyes, nonsensical answers and just plain, general, weirdness. Apprently, I missed the day of school back in college where they told teachers to stay away from this crowd because I think I would have signed up even EARLIER to take this group on!! I love the weird and unexplainable! They are so much fun!
The past three days have been exhausting, exhilerating, funny, frustrating and every other emotion in the book. To put it simply: it has been a reminder of why I LOVE teaching! My classes are more challenging than ever before with my numbers over 30 in every class. But hey, the more the merrier, right? Just more people to laugh at my lame jokes and suffer the wrath of my obsessive compulsive organizational style. Now that's power!
My sister also entered the bizzaro world of teaching this week as she began her semester of student teaching in a 1st grade class in GR. I am SO PROUD of her!! We have already begun to trade stories of funny events that have taken place. What is even more hilarious - the similarities that exist between 1st and 8th graders. Turns out we both have a tooter extraordinaire in our class!! Gotta love those Sir Stinkalot's! :)
Chris's sister also had a hugely triumphant few days as she flew to Chicago to make a HUGE presentation that wowed one of the partner's at her firm and landed her a nice raise. With only last-minute instructions to arm her and an arsenal of web links to give her the information she needed, Lindsey pulled of her 40 minute presentation with flying colors. Way-to-go, sis! We are SO PROUD of you!!
While I have been busy setting up labs and scaring my students on the second day of class with a 200 point research project, Chris has been the best supporter ever. His job has pulled him away at the wee hours of the morning and doesn't bring him home until late - yet he still listens to me yammer away on my drive home about this student and that moment of the day. He truly is the best husband around!!! I am so lucky to have him!!
That's about it for now. It's 7:35 p.m. and my marshmellow feet and hands are calling out for elevation and sleep.