Stir Up the World

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Oct 02 2012

what’s going on?

My kids are well-behaved. They actually sit there and do their work. When I have a test, they sit silently and work on the test. They’re not perfect, but for the most part my students respect me. I feel confident in my classroom.

I’m not anxious about going to school. I don’t dread it.

I actually enjoy my job and feel somewhat competent at it. There are days when I don’t want to go to work, but those are days that I don’t feel like getting out of bed and being a functional adult at all. Once I’m at school, I’m fine.

My days are more — for lack of a better word — even. When a class doesn’t go quite as well as I’d like, it’s not that big of a deal. I just fix what I can and move on. When a class goes well, I feel contentment.  This year has not been an emotional roller-coaster like last year was. A long day at school is just a long day at school; it’s not the end of the world.

I can’t really enjoy it, though, because I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What on earth is going on?

3 Responses

  1. hill

    welcome to year 2! isn’t it great?

  2. Katie

    Yay! I’m so glad it’s going awesome! Just enjoy it. You can’t do anything now about the other shoe dropping, and hopefully it won’t! :)

  3. simplewords

    I’m a 2nd year too, been following you through my equally awful first year. Same experience this year. Weird.

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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