This is my first week doing student teaching. I’m at Irvington every day and in a number of different classrooms. I’m going to be teaching mostly Economics and World History, with some forays into AP U.S. History. Right now things are busy at the school as students clamor to get teachers to give them breaks to make up for an entire semester of slacking off, and teachers are grading finals and turning in their semester grades. Things still aren’t particularly clear regarding what my responsibilities will be and what the rhythm is going to be…that makes me a little uneasy but I know it’ll get sorted out soon enough. I’m eager to get teaching again and have already learned how to avoid getting “owned.”
Apparently if someone says your first name and you respond with “what?” they can “own” you by then saying your last name. The Sophomores in my World History class tried it on me and I’ve been owned once, but now I’m wise to their little game. You’ve gotta keep your guard up. Yesterday I tried to own a couple of them but they are ever vigilant.
This has led to a more packed schedule for Janelle and I. During the week we have almost no free time…we get home, cook dinner, get stuff ready for the next day, get Belle to bed, and then need to get to bed pretty soon after that in order to get up the next day. Most evenings there’s some school work to be done. We alternate workout days, where we get to the gym at 5am. I know that’s early but if we don’t get up then, we won’t be able to do it at all. We will be cherishing our weekends for the next several months.