Our school is in the process of a fairly large renovation. Part of this includes expanding the casino. I should probably point out here that the casino is the same thing as a cafeteria. The expansion of the casino was not finished in time for the March 1st start date. Without a casino the students cannot eat lunch. No lunch means that for the first two weeks of school, students are being dismissed at 1pm instead of 4pm. I still have to stay until 4, but as a new teacher I was happy to find out that my first two weeks of teaching would be three periods shorter.
For the first few days, I was busy handing out supplies, assigning class helpers, going over class rules, and reviewing what was learned (and subsequently forgotten) last year. The kids have been great so far (all 28 of them). These are the same students I worked with at the end of the last school year. And I think we're going to have a lot of fun this year.
I was also asked to sub for one period (45 minutes) in a 7th grade social studies class. The kids were amazing and incredibly helpful. Especially because at their level, social studies is taught in Spanish.
Next week I will begin the new units for the first term. Which means I have a busy day ahead of me filled with lesson plans and lots of caffeine.