At CPR/First Aid training on Saturday, our instructor told us that the five jobs most affected by stress resulting in heart problems are police officers, lawyer, doctors, fire fighters, and... of course, teachers. All these people have no set schedule, and live for the sake of others. I'm reminded of this fact as ponder my 85-hour work week last week and look over the course of the next week, which also going to be jam-packed.
Monday: Observed first period by two folks from Morgan State, ovserved fifth period by the head of English instruction for the city. Have a seven page document prepared for tomorrow morning that needs to be copied, stapled front and back. Hopefully, the internet and the copy machine will both work. Crossing my fingers...
Tuesday: Need to figure out how to do my scene by scene comparison of Act I of Romeo and Juliet with Zefferelli's 1968 version and Luhrmann's 1996 version. This will be the first time I've used film this year, and have no idea how it's going to work while floating from classroom to classroom.
Wednesday: Beware the Ides of March! I have my fantasy baseball draft this day. It's actually not something I'm stressing over; it will be pretty exciting (though a late night).
Thursday: The entire 9th grade is going to a college to watch a production of Romeo and Juliet. I am seriously dreading this trip with every fiber of my being. If it sucks, kids will holler at my for weeks over its $16 price tag. If it's great, I'll still probably hear about it. If we're late coming back, I'll hear about it from administration. It is truly one of the most stressful things in the world to plan a field trip, collect hundreds of dollars to go, and then finally go. And I wasn't even the point person this year.
Friday: Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm heading over to an Irish friend's place for Guinness and music. My social life right now is non-existent, so I'm looking forward to this a great deal.
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