According to the calendar, autumn is upon us. However, according to the weather, we’ve returned to summer. The leaves are starting to turn, but it’s still in the upper 70s.
The tree in my backyard is starting to change colors! I’ll post more updates if I remember.
To celebrate the start of fall, my roommates and I went apple-picking. This is my fourth fall in the state of Michigan, and I have never been apple-picking. So here’s the documentation of that adventure.
We went to Robinette’s, about 3/4 of a mile from our house.
Apparently they also have peaches. But we were there for the apples.
There were apples all over the place:
Today, I learned “segway” (the word, not the self-balancing tourist-mobile) is actually just a misspelling. The proper spelling is segue.
Segue. From the Italian seguire, meaning “to follow from.” Or, you know, Spanish seguir. It’s like our languages have common roots or something.
Scene: Walking down the hallway.
Student 1: You should ask your husband. Or your kids.
Me: You guys think I’m married?
[Students 1&2 nod.]
Me: Do you see a ring on this finger?
Student 2: Yes.
Me: Really? Where? [I don’t have one.]
Student 1: Oh. Why aren’t you married? You should be married. You’re so pretty.
Me: So only pretty people can get married?
Student 2: Well, ugly people can get married. And so can dumb people. But then they have dumb kids, and that’s not good for society.
Now that my first week has come to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect. My main goal of this week was to nail the first impression. I wanted to establish my authority over my students, but still connect with them.
I always liked grading. I can’t explain why. Maybe because it’s a quantifiable way to showcase the success of my students? There’s something exhilarating about powering through multiple class periods worth of exams, marking them up, and getting that sense of accomplishment when you’re done.
Can *you* finish an entire class’s worth of tests before the bell rings? I think not.
I explained this to my mentor teacher. So you can just imagine my disappointment when he told me we’d be using their fancy schmancy Scantrons.
Today was, you guessed it, the first day of school.
How I thought I would wake up:
How I actually woke up: