Thank goodness for long weekends. If I were in charge, every first week of school would be followed by a long weekend.
My first week went pretty well, but I was exhausted again already by the end of day 1. Granted, it was a ridiculously long day 1. Due to computer difficulties, the student schedules were all sorts of jacked up. Kids were double scheduled for certain periods, or not at all for others. It was madness.
Concerned for how long it would take to sort everything out, two of the tenth grade teachers and I volunteered to stay late to create a new master schedule. I summoned some of my skills from my time interning in the corporate world to create a spreadsheet to track class sizes as we went. I have to give a lot of credit to my AP and one of the teacher on my team for coming up with original and revised schedules that allowed us to successfully schedule all of the students in a way that allowed every student to get the honors sections they needed. The way the school budgets work here in Baltimore, schools have to make due with just enough staff to be able to cover the number of students. It took till 9:30pm to get it done, but we made it happen.
Then I went home and took another couple hours to create the mail merge template to generate individual student schedules. And then, I was up another couple hours still finishing my lesson plan for day 2. It was 1:45 when I finally went to sleep. The rest of the week went pretty well, but residual tiredness from my long Monday did bring down my energy.
The biggest difference so far between this year and last year is that I feel a lot more confident, and that’s making a big difference in classroom management so far. That’s not to say that there haven’t been issues already, but I’m a lot better equipped to deal with them. There are a lot of kinks to work out, but so far, it’s an entirely different experience.