Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer's Here!

I can now officially say my summer has started!  The students were done last week, but the teachers had some packing to do.  And not just your regular ol' clean-up-my-classroom-and-store-things-in-my-closet packing, but PACKING-packing -- we're MOVING!  Our school district is doing some restructuring, and with that came the decision to move the freshman students (at the freshman campus where I teach) back to the main campus.  (After my first year, they built a separate campus for freshmen to alleviate some crowding issues.  Four years later, they've decided to put us all back together and expand the main campus.)

So packing is what I've been doing.  And a lot of it.  I HATE packing.  And it doesn't help that I still had papers and files from 2006 -- ugh, I'm such a pack rat.  But the moving part is probably a good thing.  It forced me to get rid of a ton of stuff and will allow me to start afresh in my new classroom. I'm excited! 

I've never been afraid of change, so I'm looking forward to being back at the main campus.  That means I won't be teaching just freshmen anymore (though I'd say 90% of my students will still be freshmen).  Upperclassmen are a different story, so I've gotta change my game up.  I taught all grades my first year -- and they're not BAD or anything -- but the maturity difference in a senior and a freshman is major.  When you have them mixed in a class, it provides a whole new challenge in teaching.  I handled it my first year, and I'm a million times the teacher I was back then, so it shoudn't take me long to figure it out again. :)

It was weird saying goodbye to my classroom for good. It's been my second home for four years.

It is also be hard to say goodbye to the people I work with.  True enough, we're all basically moving to the same place, but our main campus is huge.  I've enjoyed our smaller campus, but I know moving to the big house will bring its own rewards.

The Three Amigos, Judy, Glenith, and Me

My school was full of amazing people, but these two girls right here are who I've worked closely with all five years of my teaching career.  I admire them so much.  We make quite the trio. 

There I am talking like we won't be together next year. :)  They both will be in another building most of the time, so we won't see each other as much.  I will miss us being able to go down the hall or down the stairs to visit each other when the need arises (or when it's the end of the nine weeks and we all should be grading but stall as much as we can because we're convinced we work better under pressure).  But as much as we need each other throughout the school year, I'm sure we'll collaborate as we always have (thanks to email and instant messenger.) 

I'll also miss my buddy Rob:

He taught right across the hall from me, so we had hall duty together every day for four years.  And kept each other's classes when the other had to leave.  And laughed and vented and laughed even more.  Rob is just an all-around fun guy who I've also learned a lot from.  He has an awesome relationship with the kids (think back to that super-cool male teacher you had in high school) and is just a really good teacher.  I'll miss our hallway chats next year.  We'll be in the same building, but -- again -- the building is huge. So I might see him every now and then.

Anyway, I'm gearing up to teach summer school.  I volunteered to teach summer school back when I was a first-year teacher.  I've done it two more times since then and will be doing it again this year.  Summer school is just a whole different ball game - super laid back.  I teach a credit advancement course (for students who want to get ahead), so most of the students in the class are there by choice. What I also like about summer school is that it's basically part-time.  I'm done at 1:00 every day, which leaves plenty of time to enjoy the long summer days with my family.  Last, but not least, the summer school PAY will help with the costs of the little field trips I have planned for my little one this summer. Showing your kid a little summer fun can get expensive!

I hope everyone's had a great week!  Enjoy your weekend!

{You may have noticed that there hasn't been a Friday Flashback in two weeks.  Well, make that three since I have no clue where my flash drive is -- the one with all my old pics.  Hope I find it soon!}

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