Stir Up the World

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Aug 20 2012

second first day

Today went well, I think.  I am totally different, and I’m starting to understand this whole second-year-being-better thing.  I slept like a rock last night (I don’t know how, but I did), and woke up relatively alert this morning.  I got to school at around 7 and did the finishing touches on my classroom and then welcomed my babies!

First block was awesome.  I literally texted my mom at lunch saying I LOVE MY JOB.  Afterwards the tiredness set in, and I’m sorry to say that I faded a bit, but it still went really well.

I loved all of my classes today.  I don’t know how, but somehow I’m much more relaxed and confident this year.  The confidence is going to be a big deal this year, I think.  I’ve just got this kind of attitude that “Nothing you do is going to shock me or catch me off guard, so don’t even try.”, and since I’m so confident I can be much more relaxed.  I’ve also got perspective — the little things are no longer the end of the world.

Teaching is a job now, not my life.  I went to work, I came home from work.  I am home from work.  I’m beginning this year at the same place I ended last year at, which is a good thing.

I left school at 4:30 and didn’t take work home.  I have more to do, but it can wait.  My roommates and I were pathetically exhausted — I’ve been horizontal all evening, laying on the couch and watching Golden Girls.  It’s 9:30, and I’m going to bed. My body definitely has to get used to teaching: my feet, my back, my throat, my bladder.

I hope everyone in Arkansas had a great first day too!


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    "If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln