Sunday, September 09, 2007


Every night I'm getting tired a little bit earlier. Before teaching started, I could easily stay up until one or two in the morning. That crept back to 12:30. Then 11:30. Then 10:00. I've been ready to go to bed tonight for the last half hour and it's not even 8:00 yet. I also haven't taught in three days.

At some point my body will reach an equilibrium and I will probably get up every morning at around 6:30 and quickly fall asleep every night at 10:30. It'll be nice to finally settle into a predictable schedule.

Tomorrow I am going to go to school looking like a lobster. Seven hours in Prospect Park. Ouch. I tried staying in the shade and thought that was a successful strategy, but was mistaken. It'll give the 6th graders something to talk about.

The first week of school was great. I'm completely smitten by our class. You try not to have favorites but it's nearly impossible. My current favorite is a boy who cannot sit still and often gets himself in trouble. He means well and tries hard but makes some poor choices. I wasn't in the classroom on Friday and have been wondering how that day went for him.

I'm only with this group for 9 weeks and then I have to change student teaching placements. Only 8 weeks left. It already makes me sad.

So much of the first month is spent on community building activities. We're all getting to know each other, building routines, and creating a supportive place to learn and explore. Once all that foundation work is done and the kids start getting into the nitty gritty of learning, I'll be gone and won't see the incremental changes that add up enormous growth over the course of the year.

We can see the Statue of Liberty from our classroom window. I think that's amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely hear you...hoping to find it soon!
glad to see things are good
miss you!

September 11, 2007 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey jennifer,

miss you lots. i'd forgotten the name of your blog and then it suddenly came to me at work!! hope all is well. when are you next coming to europe?

sonia (nobeoka no) xxxx

October 01, 2007 8:15 AM  

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