The first full week of school is done, and boy, has it been filled with surprises, good and bad. I started the year off without permanent furniture in my classroom. We ordered it late, and then it arrived later than we expected, yesterday, in fact. I’m still working on arranging my classroom the way I want it. It’s not quite there yet. I’m also trying to come up with a way to improve the acoustics–it’s quite echo-y at the moment. My worries about not knowing as much as my students has been abated. My fear came from two places. One, I’m still an inexperienced K-12 teacher. Two, I have several students who have gone out and “learned” things in my field on their own. I’ve realized that it’s like being an English teacher who’s not read a particular book than a student has, and not like an English teacher who’s never read a book. I’ve also realized that while some of my students have indeed explored languages and environments that I haven’t doesn’t mean that they’ve fully grasped the underlying concepts. In fact, I’ve found that the underlying concepts are often a bit fuzzy for them, so now I’m helping them get those more clearly so that whatever language they’re in, they know what a loop is and when and why to use it.
I started a middle school robotics club this year, and I have 20 students–20! I have no idea how this is going to work out. But, it’s going, and that’s the important thing. I have a wide variety of students, which makes me pretty happy. I kind of know what I’m doing this year, so even though I don’t know everything, I can usually figure things out quickly. I also have help in the form of a volunteer who has done this a lot, for which I am truly grateful. Just having an extra set of hands is great. I’m also getting a lot of great support from colleagues and my administration, which is really wonderful.
I will be glad when I get past in-service day, which I’m coordinating. Things are going well there, but it still worries me that something will not go well. All I can say is that I’ve done what I can. I’ve been as organized as I possibly can be and from here on out, things will flow however they will.
Next week, we’re away on our class trips. I’m going camping again this year, and I think it’s going to be very fun. Geeky Girl will be on the trip as well, and she’s really looking forward to it.
I have to tell you, even though there were some rocky moments at the beginning of the year, I still love my job. Yes, I’m working ridiculously hard. I have a lot on my plate, juggling many different hats, but I still feel fulfilled rather than drained at the end of the day. I’m careful about my time. I really do work mostly only at work and when I come home, I turn it off. If I do do some work at home, it’s often because I want to, not because I have to. I’m looking forward to a great year.