>.5 day, sort of

September 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

Today was our first day of school, a half-day, which meant that we didn’t hold classes, but the students were on the campus all morning. I met more students than I can remember; all of them filled with personality and many of them were ready to speak their minds. They’re cool kids, surprisingly well-behaved, but don’t tell them that.

After morning meeting, which is when the upper school gathers together before starting the school day, we broke into advisory groups. Along with other faculty members, I have been assigned a group of seven or eight students, with whom I will meet on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support. I love my advisory group and I’m excited for the opportunity to be a consistent source of care and dependability. Plus, this will be a good way for me to know if I’d like to continue to work in guidance counseling.

I was at school for a little over ten hours, and when I got back to the cottage, I still had one more lesson plan to write.

I’m teaching six classes:

Literature of Diversity
Writing and Thinking
Myth, Metaphor, and Meaning
Creative Writing 1
Creative Writing 2

My goal is to let go of some of my perfectionism, so that I can sleep and not get into the habit of overworking myself. There will always be more to do; I just have to learn to let some of it wait. Luckily, this is a great place to work on my self-improvement goals, since I am much more relaxed outside of the city.

Now I need to do just a little more lesson planning before I put my work (and myself) to bed.


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