When I say it like that, it doesn’t sound like such a long time. And really, it isn’t. Halloween will be here before I know it and then Thanksgiving…then the semester ends and Christmas is here. Yikes! But, really it is four whole months. Isn’t it funny how a smaller number makes it sound like a longer time?
I am much, much more prepared this semester than I have been…well, probably since I started teaching. I think I’ve finally (16 years later) figured out what (1) I am capable of doing well and (2) my students find to be engaging and educational and (3) what I can realistically let go of during the semester. And, I’m really looking forward to this semester and giving my students my best.
I’m sure there will be weeks when I fall behind and/or get frustrated with the students or myself or my home management skills (that often are distracting me from my work responsibilities) or am exhausted from traveling with the Speech and Debate team (which is huge starting out this semester). But, I am hoping I can manage those frustrations and delays much better than I have in the past. We’ll see…
How about you? What is your Fall looking like?