I had a great day………. yesterday. But, even the greatest of days doesn’t make it any easier to get up at 5:00 in the morning. If only I could get to bed before 11:00 PM on school nights. That would make my life much easier. With mountains of correcting being precipitated every day that possibility is basically impossible.
So here I am, shocking myself awake with a cold shower so I can stay alert for the approaching new day. I’m off to work before 6:15 am because it is critical to arrive at school at least 45 minutes early to complete any final preparations for my classes and to see if there are any further reports due for either the administration or the many state standards guidelines that make little sense to my students or myself.
The buses arrive. In come numerous students ranging from age 12 to 21. Their entrance is noisier than a Foxboro crowd. My classes begin with a review of what we had covered the previous day. Most of my students now begin to pay attention but I always see in their eyes that they would rather be anywhere else. They don’t understand why they are being forced to learn something they think they will never use and probably soon forget.