Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to school....back to school.....(Billy Madison, anyone?)

Well school started again......bittersweet, isn't it? I am teaching at Maple Mountain High School and coaching cheer as well. Coaching is a full-time job all by itself, and I have been doing that since March, so now that teaching has finally come into the picture, I am overloaded! Let's talk about the good parts:

1. I have my OWN classroom! That might seem like a no-brainer to the general folk, but I didn't have a classroom last year, and I DIED!!!! It was the craziest experience of my life. Not only did I teach in 3 different classrooms, but they were in 3 different buildings!!! So that is a big plus!

2. I only have to teach 5 classes, instead of last year's 7. This is huge. That is ~80 students LESS, which makes grading papers 80 times easier.

3. I teach a block away from my house. This is so nice! I don't have to wake up way early just to drive for 25 minutes and wait in Lehi main street traffic to and from school.

4. I am not a first year teacher anymore!!! This is the best. I am considered a semi-normal teacher now lol.

5. Less classroom management, more teaching! This is wonderful. I taught 7th and 8th graders last year and spent most of the class period managing them in class. Now that I am teaching 10th and 11th, I can pretty much teach. They have matured, and listen so much better.

6. Our English Dept. has about 100 classroom sets of novels. Think about a book you want to teach, and we probably have it. This is so nice!

I could go on, but these are the basics. There aren't really any negative things, other than my life is drastically busier. I love it!

Cheer is great, but VERY stressful and time-consuming. I love the girls, and the sport, and that makes it great. We have a football game this Friday vs. Westlake (some of my old students) which will be fun. Go eagles!