The first week is over.  Impressions have been made.  I can’t hang a banner saying “Mission Accomplished”, but there has been some progress. 

I am having trouble with the timing in my classes.  It seems like the clock rings early in two classes…periods 4 and 6.  It is driving me crazy.  I have always struggled with this as I become more comfortable as I go along and my shtick gets more polished.   The image based country review for my classes on Friday was good, but I kept adding details and as a result the Mylar-7 maps for those periods are still a mystery.

I’m going to end this entry with a rip-off of Mike Reiss’ 3 Up/3 Down for the first 8 days:


  1. Students.  The kids seem like a really nice bunch.  There will be some challenges, but nothing we cannot work with.
  2. Focus.  I have a really clear focus on this year.  My curriculum is set and I fell comfortable, for the first time, on the balance between what I want to teach and what I have to teach.
  3. Inspiration.  The hook is in the mouth.  I just need to be patient on setting the hook deep.


  1. The Bell.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
  2. Back to School night being on the same night as my oldest daughter’s B2S.  This is the first time I have not been able to attend for my own children.  Double Grrrrr.
  3. Humidity in my classroom.  The rotund one is too warm.