October 15, 2011

Status Report

I've been much too busy playing Words with Friends in my spare two hours a day to blog. But if I were blogging more often, you'd know
  • It's kind of miserable with some of my colleagues this year. There's a lot of strife with strong personalities and inept support staff. I'm trying my best to stay out of it, but I've found myself in the middle a few times since school started. I've been in tears from frustration (rock and hard place) and once one of them made so angry that it triggered a painful headache. I guess my invisible headache was better than the violent thoughts I was having. Why can't we all just get along?
  • I'm having a great year with my 8th graders. When I get frustrated with other things, I like to keep in mind that they are a good group and I should enjoy them while I can. Most of them work hard, and they are sweet. Second semester often brings the end of the honeymoon, but so far, all the good things I had heard about this group are true.
  • My seniors take their next writing proficiency exam in two weeks. I cannot see where they have made progress. In fact, in my attempts to help them develop content, it looks like they have forgotten the knowledge on structure that they had in the beginning. I have six students in that class, and most days I want to murder them. You'd think that we'd have a great experience with such a small class, but I have some attitude problems.
  • It's unfortunate for my own children that I have spent 15 years with other people's teenagers. It is just not possible for me to be the cool mom. I thought I'd be better at this parenting pre-teens and teens thing, but I'm not. Sucks to be me.
We are nearing the end of the first quarter, and I'm neck deep in it all like I usually am. Sometimes I look out into my classroom, and I have no idea what year I'm in. Does it matter? Sometimes it seems all the same. That's depressing, right? So then I try to think of ways to make it more fun. Ways to enjoy the here and now... It's a daily thing!

1 comment:

Maestro said...

Sorry to hear about the colleague trouble.

I'm taking your account of handling your own preteen/teen kids as a warning. I think it's really easy for us secondary people to say "I've made a career of dealing with teens - so this should be easy (or at least, easier)" I certainly have told myself that. Lucky for me I saw the writing on the wall early on - and I expect that when Maestro Jr. gets to be that age, I'll have to rely on a whole different set of skills than what I get by with in my classroom. To be sure - I don't know exactly what those "skills" are yet. Like you, I'm making this stuff up as I go along.