it’s official–i survived my first day as a public school teacher. oddly enough, i don’t feel any different after the experience. i don’t know if i was expecting a dramatic change of feeling or what. maybe it hasn’t sunk in that i’m actually a teacher. i think this is something that i’ve wanted for so long and i’ve been working so hard to get here that it’s a little hard to believe that it’s happening. and it’s a little confusing that there’s no piano in my classroom.
overall the first day was WONDERFUL! my students were very well-behaved (honeymooner phase?) and seemed genuinely interested in the class. i felt kind of bad because my objectives for the day weren’t content-based, it was all about classroom expectations, procedures, consequences, etc. but they were into it nonetheless. my homeroom class is…rowdy to say the least. but that can be corrected and other than that one class, i have no complaints from the day. of course that’s the only class i get to see every single day.
there were some first day annoyances–lack of schedule, students wandering, when do i eat lunch?, endless interruptions at the door, endless interruptions over the PA. but these are all to be expected on the first day of school so i’m sure things will settle down soon.
time for bed! i need to get readjusted to my school-year sleep schedule…