Ups and Downs
This was the first full week of school with kids and it was definitely full of ups and downs. I knew throughout the week that I needed to blog but I'm already falling into a habit of typing and erasing because I don't want to be a downer. Then as I was scrolling on Facebook, I ran across Rebecka Peterson's "One Good Thing" posts and it just made me smile.
It was a challenging week. I have almost 200 students this year, the most I've ever had in my career. I'm no where close to knowing names. I have 3 preps, with 1.5 being new this year. We have a new gradebook program that is creating a lot of chaos. Our campus is undergoing some massive construction and other technology changes. And to top it off, the a/c in my building is dead. As in 83 degree air temperature plus 35 sweaty bodies equals 90 degree heat index type of dead.
But through it all, we are persevering. Through it all, there were positive moments to be had. Lots of laughter with my colleagues as we enjoyed being together again. Ice cream from our admin team to end a hot and sweaty Friday. Light bulb moments with my students as we built the unit circle in Pre-Calc, talked about eyewitness reports in Forensics, or talked about sampling methods in Stat. Kids that made my day with positive comments, thoughtful questions, and overall great attitudes. Opportunities to connect with students as we visited between classes. Correspondence from previous students that said "My brother/sister has you this year and loves you already!". The first "High Five Friday" of the year. Kids from last year coming by and saying they miss my class. Those moments are the ones that make it all worth it.
Thank you to Sam, and Rachel, and Elissa, and Rebecka, and all of the others that post on the One Good Thing blog. Thank you for reminding us that "Not every day is a good day, but there is one good thing in every day!" Thank you for being willing to share those tidbits of positivity with all of us. Thank you for putting yourselves out there, being honest and raw and emotional, and truly showing how awesome this job can be.
In the words of our morning announcements... Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!