My teacher friend tagged me with this cartoon after the first week of school, and I just couldn’t have put it better. Seriously, you’ve never experienced tiredness until you’ve enjoyed an entire summer’s worth of delicious sunny free time and then had to whip your butt into shape to teach full-time again.
The only other group that could possibly relate would be new parents.
It is because of this exhaustion that I’ve been scarce around these here parts as of late. I don’t feel bad about it, but I’m telling you so that you’re aware that I haven’t, in fact, discovered that the world is flat and dropped off the edge of it.
In other news, we have eaten steak two nights in a row (score!), and I haven’t felt like reading one more thing than I have to, which means I haven’t touched a book for two weeks (*gasp!*).
My students would be so ashamed.
I also live in the copy room of the school.
I don’t remember the start of last year being so hard to adjust to work-wise (although student-wise, I never did adjust to that group last year). Of course, I’m sure if I read back in my archives, some blog post or other would say something to the effect of, “As soon as I’ finally adjusted to my 5:40 wakeup time, it was Christmas break, and I had to re-train myself all over again.” True story.
The good news is that my students are still in that honeymoon stage where they’re doing all they can to please me (aka, suck up to me), which is a nice change of pace, considering I never got a honeymoon phase last year. It was more like “wham, bam, ha ha you were totally warned about how bad this was going to be.”
This year, I’ve already had students who have finished their first reading assignment. WHEN IT’S NOT DUE FOR ANOTHER MONTH.
I rest my case.
Oh, and if you need to reach me in this first little adjustment phase, I’ll probably be napping. In the copy room. Not reading anything. (And dreaming of more steak!)