Monday, August 23, 2010

I Got Schooled

Today was the first day of school. Holy-Moly-Donut-Shop (that's for you Scott) did those kids have some energy. Not the spastic, monkey-on-crack type of energy I was expecting, but the enthusiastic, I-can't-wait-to-learn kind. I adore my (former) high school students of course, but it takes at least a couple of weeks to get a pack of attitude-ridden 16-year-olds truly on board to all the weird, nerdy things that happen in choir to get a good sound. These 7th graders, on the other hand, seem to automatically assume that their teachers are people worth trusting and capable of having fun. I'm sure I will meet other challenges throughout the year, voice cracking being the least of them, but if only one day out of three is like today was, then this year is going to be fantastic.

I'm not even tired! Which means I can go ahead run even though I had thought I might need a day off today.

Other good news:
I have managed to lose a couple of California pounds. Still a ways to go, but now I have officially implemented my starting-school diet. This particular diet involves constantly being on my feet, shoving carrots and hummus in my face in the few spare minutes I have, and spending much of my day with my stomach growling until I can finally sit down to eat whatever dinner my husband offers when I fall in the door. This is less a kind gesture on his part, and more a matter of self-preservation. "Moody" doesn't quite capture the fire-breathing medusa I turn into when I'm genuinely hungry. To put on my "pros of teaching list": nothing sucks away the pounds like a hoard of attention-hungry students. Here's to you choir kids!


  1. Sounds like you had a great day! I hope some of those "can't wait to learn" kids were from Rylander! I was so exhausted after my day that the usual evening walk was post-poned. Bed at 9:30. Talk to you soon. Can't wait to hear all the details.

  2. So glad you enjoyed your first day. I can't tell you how awesome it is to have you there. I have a calmness about me that I have never had while teaching. All thanks to you. Yay for the first day of school!! :)