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.