I should be showering, or making a Power Point, but I'll just post this little update. So far I am so impressed with my students. One of my concerns was what kind of kids we would get, but it is such a great group. Obviously we're still at the beginning of the year and I'm sure various ugly things will raise their heads from time to time, but overall, they are the "motivated students" our mission statement talks about.
The registrar from my old campus was at our school today for the district registrars' meeting, and she popped in to visit me. I told her without really even thinking about it that I love my new school and things are going very well (because they are!) She said that they're very full back at the old campus -- all the classes have 35 students! The thought of it makes me cringe. I just don't have the energy for that.
Ironically, I'm doing about five times the prep work I had to at the old campus, but because we have so few students, it's OK. I'm not trying to prep all those classes and grade 200 students' worth of work. I actually love the planning and curriculum development part, so it's actually kind of a bonus. And I love teaching the higher math classes, but the 7th grade math is a bit of a snooze. (For me, not them.) We'll see how this goes, but we're off to really great start.