well, school has been back for a week now and it is time for some first week reflections. so in no particular order, here we go...
#1. our classroom doors now have locks. wow. a nice concept. we went all of last year with no locks on our doors. only a few things were stolen. this year might be even better. maybe nothing will be stolen and maybe we won't have to even use the locks.
#2. not content with just one classroom, i have now taken over another classroom and our cafeteria! the rest of the school and the surrounding city block are next.
#3. our garden is producing too much okra.
#4. it will take me at least a year to get used to the fact that one of my female colleagues got married. it's not that i don't believe her, it's just that i may never remember to call her by her new last name.
#5. hey, we still have jobs!
all snarkiness aside, it has been a great start to a new year at the school. things are running more smoothly than ever and we have another great group of kids. the fact of the matter is that most kids are pretty good. if i didn't believe that i wouldn't be doing what i am doing. the students want and expect us to teach them something about life. they trust that we will do it as best we can and that we won't harm them too much in the process. i don't think that is too much to ask. they are here so i am here. we battle the forces of evil together.
i expect that i will be posting a little bit more soon and that we will have all kinds of interesting things to talk about. until then...