Day 2 was alright. Most of the first period was spent in the auditorium, listening to the principal's address. It was easily the best principal's address I had heard in my career -- succinct but clear, and full of high expectations for the students. I loved hearing about strict adherence to school policy, but also emphasis placed on such things as the use of Standard English and forbidden use of electronics, even for parents calling during the school day. Lots of stuff about honor, which I definitely dug. I loved it.
The rest of the day went well, as I got my students more and more used to the routines and systems I will be using in class. A few of my 9th graders are developing personalities and I've learned about a quarter of their names. Six of them walked in late today to 8th period; much lateness this early can be attributed to getting lost, but I still laid the disappointment on thick. One kid who thinks he will play baseball this year even said, "Sorry, coach."
The heat is unbearable, though. It hit 93 in my classroom today, and that, coupled with the humidity and a room chock full of kids, just doesn't make for a good learning environment. I do my best, but it's hard not think it's pretty inhumane not to offer a/c in every school when it gets this hot. At noon, I was feeling okay (I didn't wear a shirt/tie today), but, by 2pm, I could barely move. Kids were ornery and/or sluggish. I really wish there a way to get more humane conditions in all of our schools. I'll be on my 3rd sweat towel tomorrow.
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