Here in Mississippi we have to take the PRAXIS test, it was pretty tough, and I was afraid I hadn't passed it first go around but I did. The Education part wasn't bad but the subject area for social studies was, there was stuff on there I'd never studied. Mine had a whole section covering Anthropology and I'd never taken an anthroplogy course! And our teacher salaries suck here too. Education, no matter where you live, is definately one we go into for the love of the kids and the job NOT the money!!
I'm not sure how they will react, but I'm pretty sure after the first few days we will all forget they are there. I will just go ahead and address it the first day and then move on, I'm just going to make them promise to tell me if I have food stuck in them. Since they are highschoolers several will have or already have had them themselves so I'm sure I'll get loads of advice too! My main concern is just getting used to lecturing with them, here at home I just haven't had cause to talk that much, so I'm sure that the first few days will be a learning experience.
Other than the eating issues I'm finally used to the turbos and don't really notice them anymore...but I won't miss them when they are gone, and I'm sure you won't either
I'll be sure to update you after school starts back. Teachers go back this Thursday with students returning on Monday but we do things a little different on the first day. We run two full schedules, in the morning all 9th and 10th graders run through their entire schedule spending 10 minutes in each class while the 11th and 12th graders are in the Auditorium with the Principle, Vice-Principle and councelor going over announcements, handbook changes and etc. Then we break for lunch and we all go across the street to the park for an hour. The kids have sack lunches from the lunchroom and a local church sets up a booth giving out free snowcones, popcorn and cotton candy. The cheerleaders do a back to school peprally and we all just hang out. After that we all go back and the schedule flips with the 11th and 12th graders running their schedules and 9th and 10th graders in the auditorium. We've been doing this for 4 years now and the kids and teachers both just really love it. Anyway... Tuesday(8/7) will my first real day in class where I'll have to talk a good bit.