It’s the third day back, and I’ve finally met all of my students (we are on an A/B schedule). As we begin a new year at my school, which has 6th-9th graders, there are a few things that I’ve observed that I thought I’d share. Some are just things I should already know but forgot over the summer. Others are just things that make me chuckle.
- 6th graders like to run. Everywhere.
- 8th graders still like recess.
- The copy machine can sense weakness, anxiety, and crucial deadlines.
- You should never plan on cooking dinner for your family during the first week of school. It’s too hard.
- Teenagers smell funny. Not bad, per se, just funny.
- Standing for long periods should be an Olympic sport. Teachers would win every standing event.
- Eating in 30 minutes stinks. I feel like I’m shoveling my food in just so I can have time to use the restroom. And I shouldn’t bring things that have to be microwaved because it uses up precious minutes.
- Teenagers are hilarious.
- Laminating is a necessary evil. So much so that, if your laminator at school breaks down, you will actually take it somewhere else and pay for it.
- Going to bed at 8 o’clock is nothing to be ashamed of.
- Doing dismissal in the Texas heat isn’t much fun.
- I am lucky that I have the best job in the world. I love coming to work (almost) everyday.
I hope everyone has a fabulous school year!