But now that I've had a much needed weekend to recover, I am doing much better. I owe this largely to my friends in NYC and my mentor who teaches science across the hall. I would describe my mentor as bubbly but direct, an interesting combination when you consider it, but I really like that about her. She's always telling me "No one's going to die, everything's going to be fine and well if it's not then it WILL be soon." She doesn't let me make excuses and doesn't let me get away with any pity parties, which is a very good thing because like she has said, I'm not the only world who has ever done this before AND I'm getting most of my Masters paid for so have little to no reason to be complaining. It's good for me to hear that. I don't think anyone in my life has ever called me a complainer and I certainly don't want to become one now.
One thing that has been very helpful for me as a first year teacher is that I have been very determined to "have a life." Now I don't really know how one goes about measuring if you have a life or not, but my goal was to work hard enough so I have free time to do whatever I want AND to be able to do that I have implanted the new rule into my life: I will NOT spend more than 4 hours a day lesson planning. Period. It is completely unnecessary for me to spending more time than that lesson planning a day (and when I say lesson planning I mean creating the lesson, powerpoint, worksheets, making copies, getting materials etc). If I don't finish my lesson plans by the end of the four hours.. tough. I have been inefficient with my time and certainly giving myself more time isn't going to make me a more effective teacher. In the end, no ones going to die, it will be fine. This is my new philosophy and so far I really like it! It gives me an excuse to stop and actually makes me work harder. I don't go on facebook, I don't go read blogs, when I work, I work. When I'm not, I'm not. It's a much better system. Theoretically under this system I should be able to get 8 hours of sleep and 4 hours of free time a day. WOW life is looking so much better.
I'm really looking forward to looking at all the fancy Christmas windows down 5th Avenue sometime probably next week. I'm also really looking forward to doing my Christmas shopping in NYC. There's so much to offer and it's just fun!
Well now that I have that out of my system, I'm looking forward to going back to school this week for a NEW week. I made my advisory cupcakes because we have a few birthdays this month. I also made an AWESOME lesson for physics tomorrow. We are going to solve a problem about Batman having to drive the bat mobile fast enough to clear a river where the bridge washed out. (Batman forgot how to do physics.) I'm going to play the really dramatic batman music as they start on the problem, just for the effect. "Batman needs YOU to save the day with physics!" They are going to roll their eyes and it is going to be glorious.
Until next time,