How did you know? :notjustfortheloveofthegame:
Was a great deal in the newspaper ads for pencils, notebooks, folders. I went to said store: nothing of those in the entire store. The employee said "yeah, we had teachers asking for boxes of them for their students. You know, they use them for their students." Nah, I just wanted them to burn in my fireplace...
But they have another shipment due tomorrow; I'll try to get there early!
Today was the first "report" day of school, without students. The first picture is of our district's Kickoff Event inside a very humid theater (makes sense, as it was very humid outside). Second is of "Mr. Bel-Cam Jos" door sign.
Ah, bureaucracy... gotta love it. Someone at the district office wanted to know in what order we'd be teaching the new Common Core units, numbered 1-7, so they could know when to print copies for us. I felt dumb recommending that they print unit 1 first, followed by 2, then... get the pattern? We'd have the copies we need, and use them as we can, right? Really? We had to vote on this?
First "week" is in the books, all three days of students. So far, not too bad for me (classes are still big: 36, 37, 39, 39, and a smaller HSEE prep course now down to a manageable 24; no significant behavior problems), aside from a non-working LCD projector, which MIGHT even be usable before our Back-to-School Night.
Suggesting chronological or numerological order?!? That's just crazy talk!
We had several days of $PAID$ training last week with the district's new student information system/attendance/gradebook that is entirely in the cloud. I'll have to say goodbye to my trusty Excel spreadsheet - it served me so well for thirteen years, but when the students come in on Tuesday for my fourteenth first day of school, their score will no longer be recorded via the world's greatest record keeping program.
Good luck (seriously) with your new school year, Maradona! Fourteen is twice seven; a doubly-lucky year!
Thanks for the wise words of advice and well-wishes, BCJ. I'm reluctant to let a new, impersonal system take the scores and calculate the grades, so I'll likely have some form of backup.
It's not "two books," but with enough teachers mentioning how their electronic gradebook goes "missing" at times, I still keep a paper one, that I type in online. I, too, used to use Excel, but don't always have access to it away from my classroom/computer (I just will NOT bring a tablet/laptop with me while waiting at places like oil changes and car repairs, DMV waiting, etc.).