I have survived my first week back at school, and I am being pretty honest when I use the word "survived". It was not an easy week for me, and I already feel exhasted and stressed.
First, the day before students returned, I checked my computer, projector, audio, everything. I wanted to ensure that I would have no technical difficulties when presenting my first lesson. Well, the next day rolls around, and in the middle of my 1st period class I realize that the audio is not working. It was so frustrating since I had planned to show some fun videos to counterbalance the boring rules and procedures we needed to learn. Luckily, I got it fixed later that day, but still I felt flustered for the rest of the day.
Also, there are a few students who already caught my eye and are on my radar. I guess this is true every year; I always will find students trying to press the boundaries to see how far they can go before they get reprimanded. Still, it makes classes not as enjoyable.
Finally, I just feel kinda "off". I don't really know how to explain it other than to say: I think I am getting burnt out of this teaching thing :( I might need to take a break from this profession after this year.... (more on this later).
But, all that being said, I do already love my students.
They are funny!
They are smart!
So I am sure that this year at Sunset Ridge Middle School will be just fine. I just need to breathe and make sure I spend a little time for me each day.
Andrew and Maichael
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