Danya in Dallas

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Aug 29 2012

First Day of School Reflections

The night before the first day of the school year reminded me of the night before my first soccer game when I was in 2nd grade. I was really excited and got no sleep, and planned a lot. I drove to school exhausted, but meeting my kids gave me the energy I needed to make it through the day. I came home and I slept from 7:30PM-4AM.

I’m back home now, after finishing my second day, which also went pretty well. I stayed late to fix up my room, and will stay late tomorrow for “Meet the Teacher Night,” and will stay late on Thursday, inevitably. This is why raising teacher hours is stupid. We’re already there from sunrise to sunset, sometimes longer, (13.5 hours today), and adding more “time” to our workday simply reduces the amount of work we can do during everyone else’s business hours and decreases any reasonable species being time we have to take care of things such as broken cars, buying groceries, and you know, sleep, but it also decreases the time I can actually work on lesson plans instead of having to attend one professional growth meeting or another, which is not to say that those aren’t important too, it’s just that they could be scheduled in a way that is more conducive to a healthy and balanced teaching schedule.

Also, the more I think about it, the more I am disappointed by Institute and hope something is done to change it, but more on that later.

In other news, ¬†got the news today that my car has been deemed a ‘total loss,’ which just adds even more stress to my life, since I have to find a car in the next week. Thankfully insurance contributes towards this, but ¬†finding a car is no fun in any circumstance. I don’t know how I’m handling any of this right now.

In better news, I just got off the phone with Mike, who is referenced earlier in this blog, and is starting teaching in New York, and it was so good to catch up and here how he is doing. Lots of similarities in our experiences so far, which is a relief, and lots of encouragement.

OK I am exhausted and still have to plan my lessons for tomorrow. I hope to make it through this time without magically falling asleep until 4AM like last time. Goodnight!

2 Responses

  1. danyaindallas

    I knowww! I am going on a 6AM Walmart run tomorr — today. Not going to be fun.

  2. Zoe

    “and decreases any reasonable species being time we have to take care of things such as broken cars, buying groceries, and you know sleep”

    OMG thank you, D
    It’s unreasonable that I expect HEB to be open at midnight, but I do.

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