Today I had my first SAT prep class of the season. I have just one student right now. What a delightful young man, masha'allah. He is a junior, visiting his dad for the summer from Virginia. He is taking the course in speed mode and so boy does he have to work hard, as it is already an intensive course. But he took it all with such good humor despite feeling overwhelmed.
I feel the beginning of excitement in me for the coming school year - the potential and possibilities of a new year always excite me. In my AP Stats class I get back some students I've had in previous years that I really liked, plus some new ones I know will be just great. I'm excited about that class, and also nervous because I sort of have to prove myself by getting goodresults in terms of scores, etc., with my first AP class.
At the same time I feel the urgency of the end of summer and lost opportunities to be lazy, get projects done, have a less rigorous and exhausting schedule, etc. My response to this sense of urgency? Stubborness to avoid doing things I know need to be done! Dishes, laundry, unpacking (yes, I still haven't finished it), bills, order transcripts, finish text edits, finish website writes, audiotext project, etc. I suppose when it really NEEDS to be done I'll probably do it. When I'm just sitting around I feel bored but I don't want to do anything either.
My schedule it getting fuller. SAT class Wed. and Thurs. Friday I am invited to go get paid for some curriculum planning. That would be good to do, if I can get myself up to it. Saturday I have to walk for Mark Cloer - anti-public education foes are running against him with big dollars just like in our school board race. If anyone wants to join me, it can be pretty fun and takes usually a few hours. Sunday I am supposed to meet a retired principal from Denver Public Schools for lunch - a great guy I met in IMP (math) training. AR (union reps) training on Monday, SAT Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, New Teacher Orientation Wednesday. So far that next weekend is clear, then Monday the 16th back to school for real, students coming on the 19th.