Well I met one student yesterday. A freshman in my IMP Year 2 class came to freshman orientation and she was delightful. I hope I can keep her interest and excitement. I am feeling a little more prepared for students and so I think after working today insha'allah I'll at least be in a starting place. I have almost no freshmen, two are officially on my roles, and I think that is going to make for a totally different teaching experience. I also am only on one and a half teams whereas last year I had a team meeting every day practically. I am already sensing the trade off; I think I will miss some of the collaboration and interaction with staff and extra pay for all those meetings but I know I could use the time.
I do feel very busy this year. Graduate school is time consuming, teaching is demanding and exhausting, the union wants as much as you can give and then some especially with the election year and a bond on the ballot and an um,er, interesting, school board.
It is my third year in the district and I don't know if I'm imaging things but people seem so friendly this year. I think people are starting to know me and feel comfortable with me and that makes them all smiles and hi how are ya. I'm not complaining, I'm enjoying it. But it does seem to be more prevalent than previous years.
If I had time I could into some detail about the union meeting or on thoughts of politics in Iraq; maybe tonight, insha'allah.