The end of my third week of teaching. I love it. Some days I hate it. Like yesterday, for instance. I'm PMS'ing and getting sick. The kids have been sneezing all over the place (my room is way way way too dusty) and finally I caught whatever they have. It feels like strep throat. What sucks is that my FLONASE ran out and I need to get it refilled. BUT, my insurance also ran out as of sept. 1st. I have new insurance, but my prescription coverage doesn't start until later. Bummer. I might just suck it up and pay full price for it. I hope it's not 100 dollars. I NEED IT.

On top of having the worst sore throat and runny nose yesterday, my kids were OFF THE WALL. Friday syndrome. I really don't like doing Poetry on Friday's. They need the math, and frankly, they think poetry is a joke, making my life miserable. My day was so bad that the kids in my 7th and 8th period were given a pop quiz in math and for homework they have to write a letter explaining the rules of the classroom and why we need them. If they were breaking the rules, why they thought that it was acceptable to do so. I completely lost it 8th period yesterday. I know that I have to keep my cool, but sometimes it's just so hard. I think these kids are trying to getme to quit. This really is teh only class that i feel is doing this, and not even the entire class, just the select few. I tried calling their houses yesterday, but to no avail. All of the numbers were disconnected. Figures.

But now it's the weekend, and tonight I am going out no matter what. Sick or not. I need to get OUT!!! Last night I was planning to do so, but I came home after a lovely dinner with Ray and completely assed out. I'm talking 10:30 here. It was so bad that I fell asleep in my clothes and ray had to change me into pjs a few hours later. Awesome.

Today I have an IKEA trip to look forward to, as well as a Rockland trip.


Lesson of the day

Teaching is the best form of birth control ever created.


First Day

The first day has come and gone. I am sitting in the computer lab at City College, winding down before class begins. The kids were... well, rowdy. Not bad, but rowdy. I've definitely figured out who can not sit near one another, and plan on fixing that tomorrow. I only saw one of the three groups of kids today, so they didn't get the full blown first day lesson, only the jist of what the rules are, and how to do well in my class.

The day started with the kids all riled up after breakfast. They eventually calmed down and did what they were asked to do. I just had to repeat it 3 times so everyone could hear me over the chatter and yelling. After lunch, they started to realize that they were not going to get away with being so bad, and decided to cooperate. We played Math Bingo using their multiplication tables, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. They are a competitive bunch, and extremely energetic. I'll definitely have to use that to my advantage.

Anyway, that is the jist of my first day teaching. Most of my anxiety has melted away as I realize that these students just might be able to be taught!! haha.

I am so exhausted.