Last year my students made this video right before our fall show opened. I often have to watch it as a reminder of what I do and why I do it.
I'm only in year 3 and burn out (and his best friend, Jaded) always seems to lurking around.
I'll keep fighting because someone fought for me and because I am fortunate enough to see the fruits of my labor more often than not.
I don't think I can hide from it anymore.
Monday is now only two days away. Curriculum is not where I would like it to be. Extra Duties are slowing me down. And my classroom could use a few more clorox wipes and fancy bulletin boards.
But I'll power through this weekend and get as much done as possible. Well, not sure if I should do that or try to rest completely before we are back to the daily grind of education.
I can't be all frowns though. Thanks to a few alumni and seniors, my spaces are looking pretty clean and ready for fresh faces. And though they drove me crazy last year, I kind of miss my kiddos.
This year I'll be teaching five different courses (Language Takes the Stage - English 9, Introduction to Theatre, Advanced Drama, Stagecraft, and Professional Drama Production). Two of them are new courses I have written and gotten approved (with UC approval). This year is phase one in reshaping the Theatre Arts pathway and creating a clear vision and sequence of courses that will prepare students for college and careers in theatre arts as well as instill a commitment to service.
I am a little weary about my new courses - they're all 9th grade. Met most of the freshman at orientation. Let's just say, they seem like the "quiet and silent" type.
Here's to a new school year! More headaches (usually caused by other adults, not kids) than any one person can handle. But for every headache, I get to meet a new kid, and serve them to the best of my ability. I get the honor of being in their life for a few great moments and that makes it all worth it.
Here, I plan tracking my first-year experiences as a teacher and a new mother.