Observations on Year 31, Day 1 of my teaching career
So, to start off, I slept through two alarms, waking with a start at 7 am, and while I intended to be out of the house by then, I managed to get to school around 7:45, just in time to fire up the PC, hook up the Mac, and get all my stuff I’d created, up on the LCD screen, just in time to met my new students outside!
You’d think after 30 years one would see this as old hat, but I could not believe the panic that set in with my initial setback. There is a built in anxiety that comes with the first day of school, no matter how many times you’ve done it.
The the day settled in nicely. Great class! Keen learners. More relaxed teacher by now. And before I knew it, we were taking notes in our Agendas, and Day 1 was over. And I can’t wait for Day 2 to begin.
With retirement on the horizon, I asked myself two weeks ago, while attending the Abel Summer Institute at York University, “Why would I leave this job now? It’s just really getting interesting!”
And by gosh, today just proved I was right!