Work has been busy, but good overall. I am getting comfortable working with the students in this different capacity, and it seems they are getting comfortable with me. I’ve made some mistakes, but at least once each day I feel like I really help someone with something, which is cool. I definitely feel more self-assured and confident in the role of teacher than I ever did as a counselor. It’s also nice to have my own classroom, where I can shut the door and follow my own rules; the front office where I was before was so chaotic and there was little I could control about that job. Now there’s a lot I can do to keep myself in charge. I feel more at ease just getting through the day this way, and the days go by faster overall.
I’ve also managed to keep the 365 going; this was Day 20’s entry. The sad story is that this was a huge spiderweb underneath our big patio table umbrella, and while trying to get a better shot of it I actually broke it. Typically clumsy me. I didn’t break it entirely though, and when I went outside the following morning the spider had not only repaired it but was sitting in the middle of it proudly, probably to protect it from getting smashed down again by me.
Here’s Day 21 – I finally remembered to bring my camera to school, and on my conference period I searched around the room for something to photograph, landing on these cards I keep in a little bucket by the front door. I used them on occasion as a counselor too. They’re called Everything is Going to Be OK Notes; they’re actually cards, but I cut them to be more like postcards and place them upside down in the bucket so students can pull one out and see what their little message is for the day. Then they have to put the card back in the bucket, because I want to re-use them. They’re all a little vague and weird, like this one, with different pictures and illustrations, so it’s fun to see how the kids react to them. Moving on.
I’ve also gotten addicted to watching re-runs of Intervention, which is a show about addictions so go figure. I’ve been hooked on this show in the past, but hadn’t been into it in a few years, so all sorts of new episodes are out now for me to watch. Most people don’t understand why I get into this show, but I love it and cry at the end of almost every episode. It’s fascinating to me to see how the family dynamic influences the addict- even though I get that much on the show is manipulated and stitched together to create drama. Even knowing that, I mean, there is some stuff you just can’t fabricate, and holy cow do some of those poor people come from wacked-out families. Makes me feel better about mine.
I may have fallen out of watching the show when i started counseling, actually, because suddenly I didn’t want to watch so much of the same drama on TV that I dealt with in the office. Now that I’m out of that line of work, it’s safe to return to it I guess. The drama on TV resolves itself in about 48 minutes, which is the way I like it to be, thankyouverymuch.
Anyway, happy Thursday!