Well, I made it.
When they say the learning curve your first year teaching is steep....they don't say how steep. We're talking like 98% gradient. Straight. Up.
But it's good.
Well, it's getting good.
I'm new. The kids know that and they're testing me. I also have very different expectations than the previous band director (or so I'm learning).
To date, I feel more comfortable with 2-8th graders than I thought I would. Though I still struggle with the younger ages. I didn't think I had to come down hard on the younger ages, but from what the experienced teachers are telling me, I do.
What else I've learned:
- What works for one class of 1st graders probably won't for the second. So always have about ten different activities in the back of your mind.
- Organization is key
- Communication is key
- Love your administrative assistants
-....and your maintenance man (my guy, Andy, is awesome)
- Don't take gruff from anyone
- Sometimes, those kids, they're just gonna cry. Let the tears flow. They won't screw around again after that.
But, as it is Saturday, and I sit at a local coffee shop (certainly not my favourite, but right now they boyfriend is employed here and got called in to work on his morning off wherein we were going to have a date with fresh, homemade caramel rolls.........long story...anyway, here I am) grading papers and doing some other "office type" work for class, I'm pretty darn happy. I feel content. I can remember being 9 years old and giving my younger brother "lessons" in math and reading and enjoying teaching him and grading him so much. This is just like a "grown up" version of that.
The lady next to me just dropped an olive all down her front. Aww shucks woman. Your white shirt isn't so white anymore.
In continuing with the verbal vomit, maybe I'll explain why I don't care for this particular coffee shop.
Croissants? Oh yea, $4-6 (and they're not nearly as good as QCB's in SF...thus, in my mind, they're not worth that much).
A Slice of Quiche? $6
1 Cup of Pour-Over Coffee (12oz) $2 (it's mediocre)
Pizza? $9-17 (it's not filling)
You get the idea. Not the quality nor the quantity deserved for what you're paying. (In my mind).
So who would pay that kind of money? The yuppies of Bozo. I really have a hard time appreciating people who buy fancy things at expensive places just because they're perceived as "fancy" by the society.
The "I eat here because it makes me seem high class" mentality.
But maybe that's just because I believe in the "I eat here because the food is good, good for me, and it supports the local community" mentality.
And I'm bitter that the place called Nathan in to work when we were supposed to have a date morning.
Caramel rolls from scratch aren't easy, my friends. They're time consuming. And not fun to eat alone.
Lesson for the week:
1) Caramel Roll dates are likely to be interrupted. Don't do 'em. Make the rolls for co-workers.
2) Puppies continue to kick butt (Koda is awesome and loving it out here).
3) Yuppies are Nopeys.
4) Kiddos grow on you. But some of them take a reallllly long time.