I'm just going to say it- teaching high school is a lot harder than I thought. At least twice this week I've debated whether I should have just gone into elementary. I'm not saying teaching elementary is easy... but my biggest struggle so far has been the material. Just on Thursday I was surprised to learn I had to read Macbeth this weekend and have a unit ready to go for review by Monday and to teach by Tuesday. Oh and on top of that let's throw 40 practice 30-1 diplomas for you to mark while you're at home too! I feel like my brain is about to explode. I'm really grateful, don't get me wrong, but I don't think I've ever worked this much in my entire life (I've had a hard life, eh?). I have developed a new found respect for teachers. I look at my mentor teacher who has two IB and all dash one (10-1, 20-1, and 30-1) classes. How do they have time to have a life?! I've gone to Superstore once since I started and that was almost too time consuming. I wake up at 6 and go to bed at midnight and I still can't find enough time in the day to do anything outside of working than to enjoy one episode of jeopardy.
I should look at the positive though. Teaching is really fulfilling. I can honestly say that I laugh all day long at these kids. Plus, for the most part my students sit there like angels soaking up everything I tell them. Can anyone say power trip?! It's awesome. Just the other day I was walking to the car when one of my 10 IB's yelled: "HEY MISS SCOTT!" I turned and he was waving ferociously. It was the best feeling. I also love that no day is ever the same, and no class is ever the same. Just on Friday I was teaching a class on gender roles in our film study unit with 20-1's when it turned into a full out sexual education lesson. Has anyone seen the movie Pleasantville? Try explaining the bath tub part (awkward!). I love the choice I've made. I love that I am constantly learning new things. Every lesson I am amazed at just how much I can teach these kids, and also scared that I won't teach them enough things. It's an exciting job! A lot of work sometimes, but for the most part exciting.
It's strange that I am finally a real grown up. I get to wear power suits everyday! Mostly because I have a baby face and have to look older, but still, sometimes when I walk down the hall in one of those things I feel invincible. It's weird that in just a short time I will actually be (or hopefully will be) getting paid to do this.
Best. Feeling. Ever. (Sorry for the sentence fragments haha)