October is the roughest month for teachers. There are no breaks; it's the month the kids start acting bad; it's the month where the well-restedness of the summer is gone and you feel like you're running on fumes. It's the month where you realize that, no matter what, you'll never catch up on the grading you have to do.
I feel like I'm barely holding it together this week, professionally and personally. I was at school until 6:15 tonight when I realized I said I was going to bring in my car for bodyshop service at 5:30. I rushed out and, the bodyshop was closing. They still agreed to take the car, but then I realized the rental car place was closed, so I had to re-schedule for tomorrow. But I left my car key on the desk in the place, and almost was left stranded. Thankfully, they let me back in to get my key. But that's the sort of thing that I'm doing.
Lessons today were decidedly mediocre. I forgot characters' names. I got flustered by different versions of Shakespeare. I seem to have forgotten how to teach 9th graders because they certainly have forgotten how to act this week since I last saw them last Tuesday. Bad all around.
I will try again tomorrow.
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