I’m not dead. Just very, very busy. The first week of school nearly always drives me under. I’m pretty tired, and yet so pumped on chai masala (from Peet’s Coffee and Tea) that I’m not really ready for bed yet. And I’m enjoying a new high-speed Internet connection that lets me surf from nearly anywhere in the house. Heck, I could surf from the dormitory common room, the AirPort Express makes such a big electronic footprint.
What I haven’t figured out yet is how to hook up my printer, my scanner and my Internet in a way that’s really very successful all around. It seems I’m either going to have to update my iMac’s operating software, or give it to . That may be the best solution anyway, and then I can concentrate on having one computer for a while. How do people feel about having only a laptop as opposed to a desktop and a laptop
I have lots of ‘free’ periods this year, in the form of Detention coverage. Whereas I had five study halls per week last year, one a day…. this year I have eleven periods when I cover Detention. On Mondays and Fridays, I only have one period each day, but then on Tuesday through Thursday, I cover three each day. That makes nine Detentions, plus the two on Mondays and Fridays. Eleven.
The Detention room is a small, airless, windowless room with yellow cinderblock walls, no posters, five bare desks, a bare blackboard, no posters, an out-of-date computer, an intercom phone that connects only to the school’s academic office, and a broken thermostat. It is not a room any sane person would willingly spend time in. I suppose that’s part of the point.
I’m so glad that I’m actually getting to teach two history classes this year, that actually meet every day. If I’d given up my ninth grade class to one of my colleagues, as I reported on earlier, I would have been given another period of Detention coverage. Sixteen periods a week in this dungeon would drive me crazy. It’s possible that eleven will be bearable.
points out, seeing the bright side of things, that I will have lots of free time to write, assuming kids don’t get sent to Detention during my periods. I suppose this is true, and I thank her for the reminder of the useful stuff.