Last week I started a new job teaching high school math after several years being out of the classroom. The first week went pretty well. Here are the five best things about it (in no particular order).
- Meeting Jimi Hendrix - No lie, James Hendrix works at my school. He goes by Jimi. (Wouldn't you?)
- The congratulatory gift basket the guys in my band sent me - Actually I'm pretty sure just one guy did it and put everyone else's name on the card, but still this was way cool.
- My oldest son is a student at my school - And he doesn't seem at all bothered by the fact that his dad works there. He almost seems to think it's cool. Before I started, I told him that I'd be really busy for the first few days and that I didn't want him coming by bothering me, and of course he ignored me. On my first day, he and a couple of his friends came by my room to say hi and it made me feel really good.
- The other teachers in the math department - Even though they all have their own stuff to do, every time I've needed something they've been happy to help. One even loaned me a huge binder full of course notes, tests, etc., that she put together over the 10 or so years that she's been teaching the same course I'm teaching. Score!
- The social studies department office - they have the best copier (no smudges!) and the best snacks, which someone brings regularly and puts on the table. Of course, I wouldn't eat any of them, since I'm not in the social studies department, but if I was going to eat some, those cookies from last week would have been really good.