Getting to know you. I gave them a little questionnaire to fill out, just an icebreaker activity. My personal belief is it’s really important to get to know your students. If you win them over and get them to trust you, they’ll do anything for you. So you have to go all in with them. But that relationship takes a while. For the first day, being ready and being energetic is the best you can do.
Running to the fridge. Because the periods were so quick, I didn’t feel comfortable between classes running to the fridge and heating up my food, so I was hungry the whole day. The second those kids left, I went to the cafeteria and got my lunch and devoured it. And I felt like falling asleep right there. But I had to go home and keep making more lessons, until about 9 at night. In the back of my mind I was thinking: Print out the bubble sheets for the assessment. Print out the seating chart for 6th period. So I told myself, when I get to work, I’m going to do these three things that are the most important. I said it a few times in my mind and then fell asleep.