I just re-read last year’s journal entry from the day before school. Reading it through, I smiled a bit as I read last year’s worries and concerns and remembered sitting here, writing about all of them.
Looking back at last year, the first two weeks seemed to go on forever. This year, however, they seemed to fly by, because I knew more about what to expect, and because I’m enjoying every moment in a different way than last year. It’s no longer the new experience (some of it is but not all), it’s a great experience that I want to savor every minute of (I only have one more year here?!). My perspective and enjoyment has changed and matured in the last year.
One of the biggest concerns last year was the language. It’s still a concern, but more so that I’m concerned for Christina’s sake, as I’m aware of how difficult the initial couple of weeks are. But, she has been practicing a lot and already improved, so after a while of keeping her head above water she’ll learn how to swim.
I talked a lot about the relationship with Manuel at the farm and Andrea at the school...those are still two of our most important relationships. When I saw Manuel for the first time he gave me a huge, unexpected, hug, so obviously something worked last year. Andrea is someone I really lean on and count on for a lot, and a great friend. I’m really excited to continue to develop these, and other, relationships. But, because I over-think everything, again, I’m already dreading saying goodbye.
I’m still excited about that one poster I made last year...as Alex would say, BOOM.
But, this year my workload has pretty much doubled from what it was in the first trimester last year. Things that I have going for me are that I now speak the language decently well, that I already know the system, that I already know most of the girls, that I know more of what to expect in the classroom, and that I have a lot of material and ideas from last year. Last year I mentioned that it would be nice to have materials and more of a curriculum to pass on to the next year’s teacher...who would have thought that would be myself? It will be nice to have another trimester to solidify and expand what I have. Expand not only in detail but in depth; I am now the science teacher for the juniors in addition to the seniors.
I’m also excited for some of the workshops we have, including theatre, art, English, and an hour of free “fun” time on Monday nights, in addition to the Gym classes.
I’m going to close out this entry the same as the entry exactly a year ago and ask for your best wishes and luck. We’re all a little nervous, but I know from experience that we’ll do well once that rubs off. And now, I’m more excited than nervous. I didn’t realize just how excited until tonight during our reflection, but I can’t wait!