Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Back to School (Work) Shopping!
So my list was...gel pens and mechanical pencils. To give my school board credit, these are supplied but not at the level of performance that I would hope for. The binder is not for work..it's for my Masters class which starts next week. Yes, it's a night class starting before Labour Day which seems very wrong. However, I confirmed the date with the professor and it's true. She was worried I'd drop the class because of the early start date. No worries there...I am a glutton for punishment and wouldn't want to give myself any extra time in my life. Just kidding... I really enjoy the classes and am glad I'm taking them (I threw that in just in case she's reading this.) No..really, I do enjoy them and am excited to learn more about teaching in my area!
But I digress...and was rather curious today as I sensed stress and frustration amongst my fellow shoppers. Is this really the "Happiest Time of the Year" as the Staples commercial belts out every August? It didn't seem very happy in there today while I did my shopping. There was angst, anger, impatience, and a general sense of panic. Maybe the happy part comes when the kids actually go back to school. I bet that's what it means. Well, parents..you'll be glad to know that it's a very happy time for teachers too. I kid you not. I love those first few days of school just as much as the kids do. You get to see how much the kids have grown, reacquaint with co-workers and start the year off on a fresh note. It's particularly nice for me this year after being on maternity leave for most of last year and then going back to work for just May and June. A beautiful time of year weather wise but rather difficult to start teaching a class at that time. On the upside, I met a lot of new students and colleagues and the transition will be easier this fall.
Now that I've got my school supplies ready to go, I am going to enjoy my LAST day OFF tomorrow. Bittersweet.
Posted by Trudy at 9:07 PM