Saturday, 26 August 2017

Now Teaching: Week -1

I will be coming back after a year away from teaching. There were nine weeks until the start of school (which is right after labour day) but any teacher who doesn’t come in at least once in the week prior to that (to figure out classroom setup, make photocopies, et cetera, all at no pay) is crazy. So if that’s “Week 0”, we’re at “Week -1”.

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I guess I need to decide how I’m running the Raging Heart Stress Level scale at the bottom. Normally it’s been pretty even keel all week, but I was all over the map this past week. Do I go with a maximum? An average? I doubt I’ll reach 10 that way, but I guess that’s a good thing, so we’ll go with that. The first major thing that happened (I’m not even including the eclipse) was medical. The second was work related.

Met the tech dept head (which is weird to say, not used to the tech aspect) to go over the new course I’m teaching (in period one of all things). Feeling better about the flow, but I really don’t know about the day to day. Went into the school, but the floors were being waxed; still got to see my class sizes. 30 for 3U (max out, no surprise), 24 for 2O (likely max out on computers), and 19 for 4U. Also sharing rooms 128 and 114. Yay, I know stuffs now.

Also organized the big box of school things that I legit hadn’t cracked into since I packed up my desk in June 2016. Dept head reminded me though that I took the time off for a reason, and that I should feel okay about such things. So, I guess. And I feel like I’m kinda positioned for this last week... but not the first day. Gaaah, we’re 10 days away from the start, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. (It's drill hair.)

Item counts run Sunday (Aug 20) to Saturday (Aug 27).

Step Count 2016: About 51,250.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 61,500. 24 stars.

-Kept editing my story instead of doing recaps. (Well, that’s consistent.) Also finished “Outlander”.

School Email Count: 8 New (2 sent)
The “Summer Letter By Email” is in.

 -Completed Processing lessons 6, 7, 8. Coded a minor program.
 -Met tech dept head for over 2 hrs to discuss my new course
 -Organized all the paper clutter from school

 -Drew, inked and coloured strip for last Monday.
 -Drew, inked and coloured strip for this Monday.
 -Wrote an “Epsilon Project” serial entry.
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat.
 -Condensed “Erased” review for application to Time Travel Nexus.
 -Drew banner/intro that’s useable for Tapas(tic).
 -Sketched image for Epsilon Story4.

 -Brunch with family Sunday.
 -Eclipse viewing at Aviation Museum Monday.
 -Dinner with friends Monday.
 -Met friend for tea Tuesday.
 -Yoga Tuesday.
 -Medical appointment Wednesday.
 -Dining with in-laws. x2.

 -PD on Tuesday, Dinner on Wednesday, Trip to School. Hopefully Tapas launch.

 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Organize all the electronic clutter from school
 -Weed through/organize emails
 -French Citizenship project
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk
 -Do an entire (illustrated?) series on “Bias”

RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

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