Today was the first day of class ... and so fun!
I mean, I'm completely wiped out. Five classes, which I'm going to be doing one day each week, except that normally that day one of those classes will be 15 minutes longer, and I'll also spend an hour in our writing center. So that's going to be kind of brutal.
But back to the fun! I have three sections of freshmen, and I'd forgotten (since I haven't taught them in a couple of years) how deer-in-the-headlights they look on the first day. So I made it my goal to get each of them to show some glimmer of interest/awareness/recognition/etc. during the class. I didn't entirely succeed in that goal, but the one girl who I thought was going to be the toughest nut to crack broke into a big (if momentary) smile when I asked if anyone was a Dr. Who fan, so I'm counting the day as a success. And they're writing me letters of introduction (with photos) over the weekend so that I can start getting to know them, and we're diving into more real work next week, so I feel confident about that class, all three sections of it.
Journalism has eight students this year, which makes it half again as big as last year. It will be so much easier to teach the course with a few more bodies to raise the energy level, and I'm delighted that 5 of the 8 are in 10th and 11th grade -- future leadership for the newspaper! The class and the newspaper are going to be a whole new ball game this year with real student editors (unlike last year's nonentity as an editor-in-name-only), and I'm looking forward to teaching the course with one year's experience with it under my belt.
And then (drum roll please), the star of the day: my fabulous AP Lit course! We had such an awesome class this morning that I actually felt verklempt afterward and was glad that I had a free period to pull myself together. Goodness! We dived right in and started working with a poem, and the energy and good cheer were so high -- truly a wonderful 45 minutes. Now we just have to keep rockin' things for the next nine months.
I don't teach again until next Tuesday. Tomorrow I head out on the sophomore class retreat, where I'm finally going to get to meet all of my advisees for the year. And then Friday is a fun day that involves an outing for the whole school -- it's always a really nice event, and I have even less responsibility. Throw in the long weekend, and we're back to classes five days from now. Looking forward to it!
So yay, happy day!