I love Saturday mornings. I usually get up early and it’s quiet. I brew coffee, bond with Ivy, read the newspaper, or scan e-mails, and say a quick prayer for the day.
Instead, this morning I slept late, I needed to sleep late. It was a late night and the outcome of this week’s football game was not good. We were on the road. We had a couple of injuries and the Tigers didn’t play well, coming up on the short side of the score, 13-17. It’s a long season and we have seven more games, at least. W and the players who didn’t get in last night, will play this morning at home.
It was a good week at school. I know 97% of my students on sight – anywhere in the building. I am constantly testing myself saying hello and calling their name – in hallway, on the bus ramp, or in the lunchroom. It is important to me that I know my student’s names quickly. I have 112 eighth graders – ages 12-14 – in my six classes. Some I have only once, I have several twice, and four kids I have three times – advisory, science, and history.
Curriculum night was Tuesday night and I met the parents. Parents come without their kids and I am at a disadvantage looking out at a sea of adults who know me by name, but I have no idea whom they belong to. Some parents introduce themselves on the way in or way out, but it’s only enough time to hear the name and move on to the next parent. However, there was a dad who came in who I knew instantly who he belonged to – Sam. Sam and I are going to have a good year together. He’s in my history class and he’s full of energy. I met him last year when he was seventh grader and he remembered meeting me – vividly. I’d forgotten dropping into a colleague’s class and working with him and a couple of other kids in English Language Arts. He reminded me and I laughed. I am glad he’s in my class.
I reached a milestone, too, I finished a big project and I turned it in yesterday afternoon. I got the confirmation this morning. It’s too soon to write about, but I’ll report back when I receive news – keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks.
My students were off Friday – the teachers had meetings and there is no school Monday for the Labor Day holiday. My students have a four-day weekend and I have three-day pass. However, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns – I have a stack of papers to review and mark before Tuesday and I have quite a bit of planning in history and science before school re-starts Tuesday.
Then there is everything else that life brings – family, the house, the yard, and my messy desk. I have today, tomorrow, and Monday – the time will fill up quickly. So, I better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Today is gonna be a great day. Making the days Count, one day a time, one small bit, after the other.
What is on your agenda this weekend?