Someone asked me yesterday afternoon, “What are you feeling right now?” I thought it was an interesting question. Mostly, I feel calm, despite the fact that I felt that my first meeting of homeroom was a little chaotic. Managing middle schoolers is definitely a challenge. I have 8th grade students. Half of them are on the road to real maturity and half are still definitely kids. I have a feeling they’ll all be more mature by the end of the year. I’m feeling my way through, analyzing and reflecting on what’s going well, what needs to be done, etc. I know that it takes practice to get good at this and so, I know that I’ll get better as I go along. I’m really looking forward to being more comfortable in front of the classroom. I’m trying to channel a little Cesar Milan: calm and assertive energy.