Monday, August 30, 2010

It's not going to stop, 'til you wise up.

I survived a whole day of some pretty intense work. As with most tasks in life, planning a grade nine orientation with the help of approximately forty student leaders, takes longer than one anticipates. Of course, it would have taken less time if the computer server wasn't down for two hours, and things would be completely under control if half of the locks for the incoming grade nines weren't in Mexico. I made it clear that I'd be more than willing to pick them up, but no one took me up on the offer.

Anyway, I'm really glad that my first day back in the building involved me actually working with students as opposed to just coming in and trying to get organized and prepped for next week, which would have been actually a difficult job because there is a heavy filing cabinet right in front of my own desk/filing cabinet so it's hard to get into my stuff with it there. I tried to move it, but got fed up, and decided that'd be a job for another day. (Too bad I discovered this after all the teenage boys left the building.)

The kids were in super high spirits and glad to see each other and did a great job planning games and other activities. One of my fave students greeted me with a "Miss, it's so good to be home!" which warmed my heart. The funny thing is that I completely agree with her. Despite all of its challenges and frustration, my school is my home, and it was nice to be back.

I have to say that I'm excited for the upcoming school year. I'm excited for my courses; I'm teaching all science, which I don't think I've ever done. There's usually a math stuck in there somewhere, or a special course that I used to teach for kids-at-risk. It was weird that they took me out of there, but I seriously needed the break, so it's a blessing.

I'm really excited for my environmental science class, of course. I have a nice list of kids so far, and I found a great opportunity for us to be trained in measuring water quality in a nearby stream. I really hope that pans out. Also, I've been really enjoying Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" book, which totally relates to the Sustainable Agriculture unit in the course. I think I'm going to find a snippet for the kids to read that was written by the author's teenage daughter. I'm planning on taking them to the park to bake pizza in the oven using ingredients from the gardens there, but I'm also toying with the idea of us borrowing the family studies room to cook a local foods meal. That would be so fun!

So yah, actually I'm so glad that I've written this post. When I started, I was listening to Aimee Mann's "Wise Up" and feeling a bit morose, because even on the first day in the building, I was reminded of the politics amongst staff that makes me frustrated with my job. However, I am reminded of what I love about my job: the kids who were so fun and funny today, and of course, the excitement of planning fun and meaningful courses.

It was good to be home.

However, I'm going stay away from there tomorrow and maybe work from home and/or take myself to a movie and/or go shopping. I like that I can ease out of summer.


rawbean said...

Oh wow! First day back. Congratulations! But I can see how you would have mixed feelings.

I heard you guys have a heat wave going on right now, so the weather probably doesn't feel too fall-ish but here, its cooling off at night and I had my window open and heavy blanket on - I love fall!!

Welcome back to school and hope you have a great year with your kids.

Princess Pessimism said...

see - the social worker in me - makes me feel like that student has a bad homelife and that school is an escape for her, and maybe the only place where she feels welcomed, comfortable and confident....

Its amazing how differently we all interpret things.

Christielli said...

rawbean - Thanks! And yah, we have a crazy heat wave!

PP - No, she's a highly-involved student who just loves school. It's nice that there are kids like that!

yrautca said...

I think your job is cool and it sounds rather therapeutic. You are right in that you need to see past the politics because the kids are not about politics but only about learning and experiencing.

galapogos said...

I wish I had had young teachers when I was in school. I think the youngest one I had was 45.

Good luck!

The Grunt said...

This song's for you: Back to School.

Siobhan said...

Wow - I hope the new school year shapes up to be good one :)

Miss Ash said...

Yay welcome back! It's so great that you get involved in other activities there! I'm sure the students can see you enjoy your job and are passionate about it!